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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 (

TaxonSyntrichopappus fremontii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)syntrichopappus; Frémont's-gold; Fremont's-gold; Frémont's gold; Fremont's gold; Frémonts gold; Frémontsgold; Fremontsgold
Species common name(s)Frémont's syntrichopappus; Fremont's syntrichopappus; Frémont syntrichopappus; Fremont syntrichopappus; yellow syntrichopappus; yellow-ray Frémont's-gold; yellow-ray Fremont's-gold; yellow-ray Frémont's gold; yellow-ray Fremont's gold; yellow ray Frémont's gold; yellow ray Fremont's gold; yellowray Frémont's gold; yellowray Fremont's-gold; yellowray Frémontsgold; yellowray Fremontsgold; Frémont's xerasid; Fremont's xerasid; Frémont xerasid; Fremont xerasid; yellow-ray Fremont's xerasid
NotesFrémont, Fremont, Frémonts, Fremonts are proper names, so upper case preferable; Frémonts, Fremonts, Fremon's are errors
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