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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 (

TaxonGutierrezia microcephala
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)gutierrezia
Species common name(s)small-headed snakeweed; small headed snakeweed; small-headed matchweed; small-head snakeweed; smallhead snakeweed; thread-leaved snakeweed; thread-leaf snakeweed; threadleaf snakeweed; thread-leaf snake-weed; thread leaf snake weed; thread snakeweed; hair-worm snakeweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabroom snakeweed, broom snake-weed, broom snake weed, sticky snakeweed are applied to multiple Gutierrezia taxa; turpentine weed, turpentine-weed, turpentineweed, terpentine-weed; terpentine weed, snakeweed, snake-weed, snake weed, matchweed, match-weed, match weed, broomweed, broom-weed, broom weed, slink-weed, slinkweed, slink weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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