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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 (

TaxonHelianthus nuttallii subsp. parishii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)sunflower; sun-flower; sun flower
Species common name(s)Nuttall's sunflower; Nuttall sunflower; cordilleran sunflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayerba amarilla is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesParish, Nuttall are proper names, so upper case preferable; Parishs, Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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