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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 (

TaxonPalafoxia arida var. arida
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)palafoxia; palafox
Species common name(s)desert palafoxia; desert palafox; desert needle; desert needles; desert Spanish-needle; desert Spanish needle; desert Spanish-needles; desert Spanish needles
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSpanish-needles, Spanish needles, Spanish needles, Spanish-needle, Spanish needle are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesSpanish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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