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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 (

TaxonAlnus incana subsp. tenuifolia
Family common name(s)birch; alder
Genus common name(s)alder; alder tree; aldertree
Species common name(s)gray alder; grey alder; hoary alder
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain alder, white alder, thin-leaved alder, thin-leaf alder, thinleaf alder, tag alder, river alder are applied to multiple Alnus taxa; speckled alder is more commonly applied to subsp. rugosa; California alder is more commonly applied to Alnus rhombifolia
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