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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 (

TaxonQuercus agrifolia var. agrifolia
Family common name(s)oak; beech
Genus common name(s)oak; true oak; encino; encina; roble
Species common name(s)coast live oak; coast live-oak; coast liveoak; coastal live oak; coastal live-oak; coastal liveoak; evergreen coast live oak; coast encina; California coast live oak; California coast live- oak; California coast liveoak; Californian coast live oak; Californian coast live-oak
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsPrice's oak; Price oak [Quercus pricei]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia live oak, Californian live oak, California encino, California encina, California roble, live oak, holly-leaved oak, holly leaved oak, scrub oak, scrub-oak, encina oak, encina live oak, encina live-oak, Torrey's oak, Torrey oak are applied to multiple Quercus taxa
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