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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 vanessae
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)Encinitas baccharis; Encinitas false-willow; Encinitas false willow; Encinitas falsewillow; Encinitas coyote-brush; Encinitas coyote brush; Encinitas coyote bush; Vanessa's baccharis; Vanessa baccharis
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse willow, false-willow are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesVanessa is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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