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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 (

TaxonGrindelia nana
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)grindelia; gumplant; gum-plant; gum plant
Species common name(s)low grindelia; low gumweed; Idaho gumplant; Idaho gumweed; Idaho resinweed; Idaho resin-weed; smallflowered gumweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatarweed, tar-weed, tar weed, gum plant are applied to taxa in multiple families; resin-weed, resin weed, resinweed, gumweed, gum-weed; gum weed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
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