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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 (

TaxonChaenactis macrantha
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)chaenactis; pincushion-flower; pincushion flower; false-yarrow; false yarrow; falseyarrow; dusty-maiden; dusty maiden; dustymaiden; dusty-maidens; dusty maidens; dustymaidens; morning brides; morning-brides
Species common name(s)large-flowered chaenactis; large flowered chaenactis; largeflowered chaenactis; large-flowered pincushion; large-flower pincushion; large flower pincushion; bighead pincushion; bighead dustymaidens; bighead dustymaiden; showy dustymaidens; showy dusty-maiden; showy dustymaiden
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMojave pincushion, Mojave pin-cushion, Mohave pincushion are applied to multiple Chaenactis taxa; pincushion, pin-cushion, pin cushion, pincushions, pincushion-flower, pincushion flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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