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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 (

TaxonLessingia nemaclada
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)lessingia
Species common name(s)slender-stemmed lessingia; slender-stem lessingia; slenderstem lessingia; slenderstem vinegarweed; Greene's slender-stemmed lessingia; thread-stem lessingia
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsMendocino lessingia [var. mendocina]; Mendocino vinegarweed [var. mendocina]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia dwarf-sunflower is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; vinegarweed, vinegar-weed, vinegar weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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