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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 garryana var. breweri
Family common name(s)oak; beech
Genus common name(s)oak; true oak; encino; encina; roble
Species common name(s)Garry's oak; Garry's white oak; Garry oak; Garry white oak; white mountain oak; Pacific white oak; Pacific post oak; Oregon white oak; Oregon oak
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashin oak, western oak, western white oak, Pacific oak, mountain white oak, post oak are applied to multiple Quercus taxa; white oak is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBrewer, Garry, Oregon are proper names, so upper case preferable; Brewers, Garrys are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcQuercus breweri Engelm.
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