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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 torreyana subsp. insularis
Family common name(s)pine
Genus common name(s)pine; true pine
Species common name(s)Torrey's pine; Torrey pine
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagray-leaf pine, gray leaf pine, grey-leaf pine, grey leaf pine are applied to multiple Pinus taxa; Sabine pine, Sabine's pine are more commonly applied to Pinus sabiniana
NotesTorrey is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Torreys is an error
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