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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 (

TaxonBaccharis sarothroides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)baccharis; bacaris; bacara; coyote-brush; coyote brush; coyotebrush; prostrate coyote-brush; groundsel-tree; groundsel tree; tree groundsel; plowman's-spikenard; plowman's spikenard
Species common name(s)desert-broom; desert broom; desertbroom; desert-broom baccharis; desertbroom baccharis; desert-broom false-willow; desert-broom false willow; desert broom false-willow; desert broom false willow; desert-broom seep-willow; desert broom seep willow; broom baccharis; broom seep-willow; broom seep willow; Mexican broom; rosin-brush; rosin brush; rosinbrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaseep-willow, seep willow, seepwillow are applied to multiple Baccharis taxa; groundsel, rosin-bush, rosin bush, rosinbush are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; greasewood, greasewood, grease-wood, false willow, false-willow, yerba del pasmo are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian broom
NotesMexican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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