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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 (

TaxonLasthenia californica subsp. californica
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)lasthenia; goldfields; gold-fields; gold fields; goldfield; goldenfields; golden fields
Species common name(s)California lasthenia; Californian lasthenia; California goldfields; California gold-fields; California gold fields; California goldfield; California goldenfields; coast goldfields; coast gold-fields; coast gold fields; coast goldfield; dwarf goldfields
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon goldfields, common gold-fields, common gold fields, valley goldfields, coastal goldfields, California baeria are applied to multiple Lasthenia taxa; slender goldfields, slender gold-fields, slender gold fields are more appropriately applied to Lasthenia gracilis; fly flower is applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLasthenia californica DC. ex Lindl., in part; Baeria chrysostoma Fisch. & C.A. Mey.; Lasthenia chrysostoma (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Greene; Lasthenia hirsutula Greene
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