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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 (

TaxonPorophyllum gracile
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pore-leaf; poreleaf
Species common name(s)odora; slender pore-leaf; slender pore leaf; slender poreleaf; yerba del vernada
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahierba del venado, yerba de venado, yerba-de-venado are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; deerweed, poorweed, poor-weed, poor weed, poison-flower, poison flower, poisonflower, sweet-scented herb, sweet scented herb are applied to taxa in multiple families
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