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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 (

TaxonSolidago multiradiata
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)goldenrod; golden-rod; golden rod; common goldenrod; common golden-rod; common golden rod; pyramid goldenrod; pyramid golden-rod; pyramid golden rod; pyramid-golden-rod
Species common name(s)many-rayed goldenrod; many-ray goldenrod; manyray goldenrod; northern goldenrod
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaRocky Mountain goldenrod, Rocky Mountains goldenrod, low goldenrod, mountain goldenrod, alpine goldenrod are applied to multiple Solidago taxa; alpine groundsel is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; yellowtops, yellow-tops, yellowtop, yellow-top, yellow top, yellow weed, yellow-weed, flower-of-gold, flower of gold are applied to taxa in multiple families; Cutler's goldenrod is more appropriately applied to Solidago leiocarpa
NotesRocky Mountain is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Rockymountain, rockymountain are errors
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