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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 (

TaxonHolozonia filipes
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)holozonia
Species common name(s)holozonia; Greene's white-crown; Greene's white crown; whitecrown; white streambed tarplant; white streambed-tarplant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia dwarf-sunflower is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesGreene is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Greenes, Green, Greens, Green's are errors
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