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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 (

TaxonHypochaeris radicata
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)hypochaeris; flatweed
Species common name(s)rough cat's-ear; rough cat's ear; rough cat's ear; rough cat's-ears; rough cat's ears; introduced hairy cats ear; spotted cat's-ear; spotted cat's ear; spotted catsear; common cat's-ear; common catsear; long-rooted cat's-ear; long rooted cat's ear; long-rooted cat's ear; long-rooted gosmore; long-root cat's-ear; longroot cat's-ear; hairy dandelion; gosmore; perennial flatweed; dandelion flatweed; gosmore; spotted cat's-ear; spotted cat's ear; spotted cats-ear; spotted catsear
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse dandelion, false-dandelion, coast dandelion, swine's succory are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; cat's-ears, cat's ears, cat's-ear, cat's ear, catsear, hairy cat's-ear, hairy cat's ear, hairy catsear are applied to taxa in multiple families; California dandelion is more commonly applied to Malacothrix californica
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