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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 (

TaxonTragopogon porrifolius
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)tragopogon; oyster-root; oyster root; true salsify; salsafy
Species common name(s)purple salsify; purple oyster salsify; purple oyster plant; purple goat's-beard; purple goat's beard; purple goatsbeard; vegetable-oyster salsify; vegetable oyster salsify; vegetable-oyster plant; vegetable oyster plant; wilde skorsenier
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaJack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Jack go to bed at noon, Joseph's flower, star-of-Jerusalem, star of Jerusalem, Jerusalem-star, Jerusalem star are applied to multiple Tragopogon taxa; common salsify, false salsify, salsify, vegetable oyster are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; common goat's-beard, common goat's beard, common goats-beard, common goatsbeard, goat's beard, goat's-beard, goatsbeard, goats-beard, goats beard, goatbeard, buck's beard, buck's-beard, nap-at-noon, nap at noon, oyster-plant, oyster plant, oysterplant, wild oysterplant, wild quinine are applied to taxa in multiple families
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