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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 (

TaxonPinus balfouriana subsp. austrina
Family common name(s)pine
Genus common name(s)pine; true pine
Species common name(s)fox-tailed pine; foxtailed pine; fox-tail pine; foxtail pine; true faxtail pine; Balfour's pine; Balfour pine
NotesBalfour is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Balfours is an error; when Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. austrina (R.J. Mastrog. & J.D. Mastrog.) Silba
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