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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 (

TaxonScolymus hispanicus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)scolymus; golden-thistle; golden thistle; goldenthistle; oyster-thistle; oyster thistle
Species common name(s)common goldenthistle; Spanish golden-thistle; Spanish golden thistle; Spanish oyster-thistle; Spanish oyster thistle; Spanish oyster-plant; Spanish oyster plant; Spanish oysterplant; Spanish oyster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSpanish salsify, salsify, vegetable-oyster, vegetable oyster, vegetable-oyster plant, vegetable oyster plan are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; oyster-plant, oyster plant, oysterplant, wild oysterplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSpanish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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