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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 (

TaxonBidens frondosa
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)bidens; bur-marigold; bur marigold; burmarigold; burr-marigold; burr marigold; burrmarigold; bur-marygold; bur marygold; burmarygold; burr-marygold; burr marygold; burrmarygold; water-hemp agrimony; water hemp agrimony; water-agrimony; water agrimony; bootjacks; pitch-forks; pitch forks; pitchforks; boot-jacks; boot jacks; bootjacks
Species common name(s)leafy beggar-ticks; leafy beggar-tick; leafy beggarticks; leafy beggar-tick; leafy beggar's-ticks' leafy beggar's-ticks; leafy sticktight; black beggar-ticks; black beggarticks; common devil's beggar-ticks; common devil's beggarticks; devil's beggarticks; devil's beggar-ticks; devil's beggar ticks; devil's-beggarticks; devil's beggartick; devil's-beggartick; devils beggartick; devil's beggar-tick; devil's beggar tick; devil's bootjack; devil's boot-jack; devil's boot jack; devil's bootjacks; devil's boot-jacks; devil's boot jacks; devil's-bootjacks; devil's pitchfork; devil's-pitchfork; devil's pitchforks; devil's-pitchfork; pitchfork weed; pitch fork weed; rayless marigold; cow-lice; cowlice; old-ladies'-clothes-pins; old ladies' clothes-pins; old ladies' clothes pins; old-ladies clothes pins; old ladies' clothes-pin
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon bur-marigold, common beggar's ticks, common beggar's-ticks, common beggarsticks, common beggar-ticks are applied to multiple Bidens taxa; Spanish-needles, Spanish needles, tickseed sunflower are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, beggar-lice, beggarlice, beggarticks, beggar's-ticks, beggar's ticks, beggars' ticks, beggars-ticks, beggar ticks, beggar-ticks, beggarticks, tickseed, tick-seed, tick seed, cuckold, cuckolds, harvest-lice, harvest lice, harvestlice, Mary's gold are applied to taxa in multiple families
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