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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 (

TaxonCirsium quercetorum
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)cirsium; thistle; true thistle; plume thistle; plume-thistle
Species common name(s)brownie thistle; Alameda County thistle; Alameda Co thistle
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsWalker's thistle [var. walkerianum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabrownies is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesWalker is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Walkers is an error
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