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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 (

TaxonLasthenia glaberrima
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)lasthenia; goldfields; gold-fields; gold fields; goldfield; goldenfields; golden fields
Species common name(s)water goldfields; rayless goldfields
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmooth lasthenia, smooth goldfields, smooth gold-fields, smooth gold fields, coastal goldfields, vernal pool lasthenia, vernal pool goldfields are applied to multiple Lasthenia taxa; yellow-ray goldfields is more commonly applied to Lasthenia glabrata
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