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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 (

TaxonMadia gracilis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)madia
Species common name(s)slender madia; slender gumweed; slender gum-weed; grassy tarplant; grassy tarweed; gumweed madia; gum-weed madia; sticky madia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender tarplant, slender tar-plant, slender tar plant, slender tarweed, common tarplant, common tar-plant, common tar plant, common tarweed, common tar-weed, common tar weed, small tarplant, small tarweed, California dwarf-sunflower, gumweed, gum-weed, gum weed, sticky tarplant are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; tar-plant, tar plant, tarweed, tar-weed, tar weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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