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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 (

TaxonDeinandra corymbosa
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)deinandra
Species common name(s)coastal moonshine; coastal tarplant; central coast tarweed; fragrant tarplant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoastal tarweed, coastal tar-weed, coastal tar weed, coast tarplant, coast tarweed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; tarplant, tar-plant, tar plant, tarweed, tar-weed, tar weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. corymbosa; subsp. macrocephala (Nutt.) B.G. Baldwin; Hemizonia corymbosa (DC.) Torr. & A. Gray, including subsp. corymbosa, subsp. macrocephala (Nutt.) D.D. Keck
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