Common Name

The plants on this site are listed alphabetically in the menu above by the first letter their common name or names. To make it easier to find all variations of a common name, varying word orders are used on these pages.

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.

A guide to the tropical flowers, plants, and wildflowers of Hawaii