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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 cuneatus var. cuneatus
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)common buck-brush; common buck brush; common buckbrush; common buckbrush ceanothus; common buckbrush wild-lilac; common buckbrush wild lilac; buckbrush wild-lilac; buckbrush wild lilac; wedge-leaved ceanothus; wedge leaved ceanothus; wedge-leaved buckbrush; wedge-leafed ceanothus; wedge leafed ceanothus; wedge-leaf ceanothus; wedge leaf ceanothus; wedgeleaf ceanothus; wedge-leaf California-lilac; wedge-leaf California lilac; wedge leaf California lilac; wedgeleaf California-lilac; wedgeleaf California lilac; wedge-leaf buckbrush; narrow-leaved ceanothus; narrow leaved ceanothus; narrow-leaved buck-brush; narrow-leaved buck brush; narrow leaved buck brush; narrow-leaved buckbrush; narrow-leafed buck-brush; narrow leafed buck brush; narrow-leaf ceanothus; narrowleaf ceanothus; narrow-leaf buckbrush; narrow-leaf buck-brush; narrow leaf buck brush; narrowleaf buckbrush; narrowleaf buck-brush; narrowleaf buck brush
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsSanta Cruz Mountains ceanothus [ var. dubius]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabuckbrush ceanothus, coast ceanothus are applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; white ceanothus, whitethorn ceanothus are applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; buckbrush, buck brush, buck-brush, deerbrush, dear brush, deer-brush, myrtle, whitethorn, white-thorn, white thorn, red-root, red root, chamise, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families; greasebush, grease-bush, grease bush are more commonly applied to Glossopetalon
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. dubius J.T. Howell
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