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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 (

TaxonCylindropuntia ganderi
Family common name(s)cactus
Genus common name(s)cholla; cholla cactus; choya; choya cactus
Species common name(s)Gander's cholla; Gander's cholla cactus; Gander's buckhorn cholla; Gander cholla; Gander cholla cactus; Gander buckhorn cholla
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastaghorn cholla is applied to multiple Cylindropuntia taxa
NotesGander is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Ganders is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcOpuntia acanthocarpa Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow subsp. ganderi C.B. Wolf; Opuntia ganderi (C.B. Wolf) Rebman & Pinkava
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