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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 (

TaxonStylocline micropoides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)stylocline; neststraw; nest-straw; nest straw
Species common name(s)woolly-head stylocline; woollyhead stylocline; woolly-head neststraw; woolly head neststraw; woollyhead neststraw; woolly-head fanbract; woollyhead fanbract; woolly-head cottonweed; woolly stylocline; woolly neststraw; desert neststraw; desert nest-straw; desert nest straw; desert fanbract
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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