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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 (

TaxonEriophyllum staechadifolium
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)eriophyllum; woolly-sunflower; woolly sunflower; woollysunflower; wooly-sunflower; wooly sunflower; woolysunflower; woolly-daisy; woolly daisy; wooly-daisy; wooly daisy
Species common name(s)seaside woolly-sunflower; seaside woolly sunflower; seaside woollysunflower; seaside wooly-sunflower; seaside wooly sunflower; seaside woolly yarrow; seaside woolly-daisy; seaside woolly daisy; seaside golden yarrow; coastal golden-yarrow; coastal golden yarrow; coastal-golden yarrow; seaside woolyaster; lizard-tail eriophyllum; lizard tail eriophyllum; lizardtail eriophyllum; lizard's tail eriophyllum; lizard-tail woolly-sunflower; lizard tail woolly sunflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalizard's-tail, lizard's tail, lizard-tail, lizard tail, lizardtail, lizard-tails, lizard tails are applied to multiple families; common sandaster, common sand-aster, common sand aster are more commonly applied to Corethrogyne filaginifolia
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