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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonVaccinium parvifolium
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)vaccinium; blueberry; cranberry; bilberry; ground-hurts; ground hurts
Species common name(s)tall red huckleberry; California red huckleberry; red-berry huckleberry; tall red bilberry; highbush red bilberry; tall red whortleberry; red blueberry; red-fruit blueberry
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared huckleberry, red bilberry are applied to multiple Vaccinium taxa; huckleberry, huckle-berry, huckle berry, whortleberry, whortle-berry are applied to multiple Ericaceae taxa; deerberry, deer-berry, deer berry, buckberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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