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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 (

TaxonSolidago velutina subsp. californica
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)goldenrod; golden-rod; golden rod; common goldenrod; common golden-rod; common golden rod; pyramid goldenrod; pyramid golden-rod; pyramid golden rod; pyramid-golden-rod
Species common name(s)velvety goldenrod; velvet goldenrod
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellowtops, yellow-tops, yellowtop, yellow-top, yellow top, yellow weed, yellow-weed, flower-of-gold, flower of gold are applied to taxa in multiple families; Basin daisy, Basin-daisy are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSolidago californica Nutt.
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