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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 (

TaxonMalacothamnus fasciculatus var. nuttallii
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)malacothamnus
Species common name(s)chaparral bush-mallow; chaparral bush mallow; chaparral bushmallow; chaparral mallow; mesa bush-mallow; mesa bush mallow; mesa bushmallow; mesa false-mallow; mesa malvastrum; coastal bush-mallow; coastal bush mallow; coastal bushmallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse-mallow, false mallow, falsemallow, false mallo, malva rosa, bush-mallow, bush mallow, bushmallow are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa; Mendocino bush-mallow, Mendocino bush mallow, Mendocino bushmallow are most appropriately applied to Malacothamnus mendocinensis (synonym of Malacothamnus hallii)
NotesNuttall is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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