Common Name

The plants on this site are listed alphabetically below by the first letter of their common name or names.

Unlike scientific names, common names are not used for classifying or identifying plants because not only can any one plant have several common names, different plant species can also share the exact same common name. Despite this, common names are still widely used because they are usually so much easier to remember and pronounce than are scientific or Latin names.

An identification guide to Sonoran Desert plants and Tucson wildflowers