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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 (

TaxonBrickellia atractyloides var. odontolepis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)brickellia; Brickellbush; Brickell-bush; Brickell bush; brickellbush; brickell-bush; brickell bush; brickelbush; brickel-bush; brickel bush; bricklebush; prodigiosa
Species common name(s)spear-leaved brickellia; spear-leaved brickell-bush; spear-leaved brickell bush; spear-leaved brickellbush; spear leaved brickellbush; spear leaved brickel bush; spear-leaved brickel-bush; spear-leaved brickel bush; spear leaved brickel bush; spear-leaf brickellia; spear-leaf brickell-bush; spear-leaf brickellbush; spearleaf brickellia; spearleaf brickellbush; hollyleaf brickellbush; spiny brickellbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapungent brickellbush, California spear-leaved brickellia are applied to Brickellia arguta s.l.
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBrickellia arguta B.L. Rob. var. odontolepis B.L. Rob.
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