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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 (

TaxonCotula coronopifolia
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)cotula; brassbuttons; brass-buttons; brass buttons; waterbuttons; water-buttons; water buttons
Species common name(s)common brass-buttons; common brass buttons; common brassbuttons; African brass-buttons; African brass buttons; African brassbuttons; common water-buttons; common water buttons; common waterbuttons; bird brass-buttons; bird brass buttons; bird brassbuttons
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamarsh-daisy, marsh daisy, bachelor's button, bachelor's-button, bachelor's buttons, bachelor's-buttons, bachelors-button, bachelors-buttons, bachelors buttons, bachelors' buttons, buttonweed, button-weed, button weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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