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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 (

TaxonErigeron concinnus var. concinnus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)erigeron; daisy-fleabane; daisy fleabane; daisyfleabane; fleabane-daisy; fleabane daisy; flea-bane daisy; fleabanedaisy; fleabane-aster; fleabane aster; midsummer-aster; midsummer aster
Species common name(s)Navajo daisy; Navajo fleabane; tidy fleabane; elegant fleabane
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarayless fleabane, hairy daisy, shaggy daisy, desert fleabane are applied to multiple Erigeron taxa; fleabane, flea-bane, flea bane, flea-wort, fleawort, flea wort, rayless daisy, midsummer daisy, mid-summer daisy, midsummer-daisy are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; basin rayless daisy is more commonly applied to Erigeron aphanactis
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