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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 (

TaxonBalsamorhiza hirsuta
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)balsam-root; balsam root; balsamroot; balsa root
Species common name(s)smaller balsamroot; hirsute balsamroot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy balsamroot, hairy balsam-root, hairy balsam root are applied to multiple Balsamorhiza taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBalsamorhiza hookeri (Hook.) Nutt. var. hirsuta (Nutt.) A. Nelson
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