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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 (

TaxonDicoria canescens
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)dicoria; twinbugs
Species common name(s)desert dicoria; desert twinbugs; gray sandplant
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsClark's dicoria [Dicoria clarkiae]; Brandegee's twinbugs [subsp. brandegeei]
NotesClark, Brandegee are proper names, so upper case preferable; Clarks, Brandegees are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. brandegeei (A. Gray) Cronquist;, subsp. clarkiae (P.B. Kenn.) D.D. Keck; Dicoria brandegeei A. Gray; Dicoria clarkiae P.B. Kenn.
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