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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 (

TaxonHieracium nudicaule
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)hawkweed; hawk-weed; hawk weed; speer-hawk; speerhawk
Species common name(s)naked-stemmed hawkweed; naked stemmed hawkweed; naked-stemmed Scouler's hawkweed; naked stemmed Scouler's hawkweed; bare-stem hawkweed; bare-stem Scouler's hawkweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia dwarf-sunflower is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesScouler is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Scoulers is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHieracium scouleri Hook. var. nudicaule (A. Gray) Cronquist
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