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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 (

TaxonCeanothus megacarpus var. insularis
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)big-podded ceanothus; big-pod ceanothus; big pod ceanothus; bigpod ceanothus; big-podded ceanothus; big-pod California-lilac; big-pod California lilac; big pod California lilac; big-pod mountain-lilac; big-pod mountain lilac; big pod mountain lilac; big-pod buckbrush; bigpod buckbrush; bigpod lilac; big-fruit ceanothus; big fruit ceanothus
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaisland ceanothus is applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; buckbrush ceanothus, white ceanothus are applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; buckbrush, buck brush, buck-brush, deerbrush, deer brush, deer-brush, myrtle, red-root, red root, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCeanothus insularis Eastw.
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