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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 (

TaxonCarduus tenuiflorus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)plumeless-thistle; plumeless thistle; bristle-thistle; bristlethistle; bristle thistle; tassel-bur; tasselburr
Species common name(s)slender-flowered thistle; slender flowered thistle; slenderflowered thistle; slenderflower thistle; slender-flower thistle; slender flower thistle; slender bristle-thistle; slender bristlethistle; winged plumeless thistle; winged slender thistle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashore thistle, slender thistle, slender winged thistle, slender-winged thistle, Corsican thistle, rabbit thistle are applied to both Carduus pycnocephalus and Carduus tenuiflorus; Italian thistle, Plymouth thistle are more commonly applied to Carduus pycnocephalus; winged thistle, noxious thistle are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
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