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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 (

TaxonLeucanthemum maximum
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)leucanthemum
Species common name(s)max chrysanthemum-daisy; max daisy-chrysanthemum; max chrysanthemum; max daisy; Shasta-daisy chrysanthemum; Shasta daisy-chrysanthemum; Shasta daisy chrysanthemum
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadaisy, chrysanthemum are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; Shasta daisy, Shasta-daisy are also applied to Leucanthemum X superbum
NotesShasta daisy of horticulture is associated also with Leucanthemum X superbum [FNA]
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