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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 (

TaxonGnaphalium palustre
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)gnaphalium
Species common name(s)western marsh cudweed; western marsh everlasting; marsh everlasting; lowland cudweed; lowland cudweed everlasting; western mud cudweed; little cudweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly everlasting, wooly everlasting, woolly cudweed, lowland everlasting, mud cudweed, cudweed, cud-weed, everlasting are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; marsh cudweed is more commonly applied to Gnaphalium uliginosum; common sandaster, common sand-aster, common sand aster are more commonly applied to Corethrogyne filaginifolia; wartwort, wart-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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