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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 (

TaxonPhoradendron leucarpum subsp. tomentosum
Family common name(s)mistletoe; mistle-toe; mistle toe; Christmas mistletoe
Genus common name(s)New World mistletoe; American-mistletoe; American mistletoe; American mistle-toe; American mistle toe
Species common name(s)American Christmas-mistletoe; American Christmas mistletoe
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsPacific mistletoe [Phoradendron villosum]; Pacific American-mistletoe [Phoradendron villosum]; Pacific American mistletoe [Phoradendron villosum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse mistletoe, true mistletoe, common mistletoe, leafy mistletoe, American mistletoe, eastern mistletoe, oak mistletoe, holiday mistletoe, Christmas mistletoe, Christmas-mistletoe are applied to multiple Viscaceae taxa
NotesAmerican, Pacific are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSantalaceae; Loranthaceae; Phoradendron villosum (Nutt.) Engelm.; Phoradendron serotinum (Raf.) M.C. Johnst. subsp. tomentosum (DC.) Kuijt
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