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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 (

TaxonCentaurea stoebe subsp. micranthos
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)centaurea; knapweed; knap-weed; knap weed; knopweed; knop-weed; knop weed; star-thistle; star thistle; starthistle; cornflower; corn-flower; corn flower; barbeau
Species common name(s)spotted centaurea; spotted knapweed; spotted knap-weed; spotted knap weed
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsBieberstein's knapweed [Centaurea biebersteini]; Bieberstein knapweed [Centaurea biebersteini]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasteppen-flockenblume is applied to multiple Centaurea taxa; centaury, dusty miller, dusty-miller are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCentaurea maculosa Lam.; Centaurea biebersteinii DC.
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