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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 (

TaxonRafinesquia californica
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)rafinsequia; Rafinesque's chicory; plumeseed; plume-seed; plume-seeded chicory
Species common name(s)California chicory; California-chicory; California chickory; California-chickory; California desert chicory; California white chicory; California plumeseed; California plume-seed; California plume-seeded chicory
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert-chicory, desert-chickory, desert chicory, desert chickory, desertchicory, white chicory, white-chicory, chicory, chickory are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; desert dandelion, desert-dandelion are more commonly applied to Malacothrix
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