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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 (

TaxonPurshia tridentata var. tridentata
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)purshia; bitterbrush; bitter-brush; bitter brush; bittebrush; antelope-brush; antelope brush; antelopebrush; antelope-bush; antelope bush; antelopebush; cliff-rose; cliff rose; cliffrose
Species common name(s)antelope bitterbrush; antelope bitter-brush; antelope bitter brush; antelope bitterbrush; antelope bittebrush; northern antelope bush; antelope buckbrush; antelope deerbrush; antelope quininebrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaquinine bush, quinine bush, quininebush, quinine brush, quinine-brush, quininebrush, buckbrush, buck brush, buck-brush, deerbrush, deer brush, deer-brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
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