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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 (

TaxonAmphipappus fremontii var. spinosus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)chaff-bush; chaff bush; chaffbush
Species common name(s)Frémont's chaff-bush; Frémont's chaff bush; Frémont's chaffbush; Fremont's chaff-bush; Fremont's chaff bush; Fremont's chaffbush; Frémont chaff-bush; Frémont chaff bush; Frémont chaffbush; Fremont chaff-bush; Fremont chaff bush; Fremont chaffbush; chaff bush eytelia; eytelia
NotesFrémont, Fremont are proper names, so upper case preferable; Frémonts, Fremonts, Fremon's are errors
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