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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 (

TaxonCrepis runcinata subsp. hallii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)crepis; hawksbeard; hawks-beard; hawks beard; hawk's-beard; hawk's beard
Species common name(s)meadow hawksbeard; meadow hawk's-beard; dandelion hawksbeard; dandelion hawks-beard; dandelion hawk's-beard; fiddle-leaf hawksbeard; fiddle-leaf hawk's-beard; fiddleleaf hawksbeard; fiddleleaf hawks-beard; fiddleleaf hawks beard; scapose hawksbeard; scapose hawks-beard; scapose hawk's-beard
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanaked-stemmed hawksbeard, naked-stem hawksbeard, naked-stem hawk's-beard, nakedstem hawksbeard are more commonly applied to Crepis pleurocarpa
NotesHall is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Halls', Halls are errors
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