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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 (

TaxonEncelia virginensis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)encelia; brittlebush; brittle-bush; brittle bush
Species common name(s)Virgin River encelia; Virgin River brittlebush; Virgin River brittle-bush; Virgin River brittle bush; Virgin River brittle-brush; Virgin River brittle brush; Virgin encelia; mountain bush sunflower; mountain brittlebush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagreen encelia, green brittlebush, green brittle-bush, green brittle bush are applied to multiple Encelia taxa; bush sunflower, bush-sunflower, bushsunflower are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
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