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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 wislizeni var. frutescens
Family common name(s)oak; beech
Genus common name(s)oak; true oak; encino; encina; roble
Species common name(s)interior live oak; interior live-oak; interior liveoak; Sierra live oak; Sierra live-oak; sierra live oak; sierra live-oak; highland live oak; highland live-oak; Wislizenus's oak; Wislizenus' oak; Wislizenus oak
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxachaparral oak, live oak, post oak, desert oak, encino siempre verde, encino siempreverde are applied to multiple Quercus taxa; Shreve oak, Shreve's oak are more commonly applied to Quercus parvula var. shrevei
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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