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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 (

TaxonPseudognaphalium stramineum
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)false-cudweed; false cudweed; falsecud weed
Species common name(s)cotton-batting-plant; cotton-batting plant; cotton batting plant; cottonbatting plant; cotton-batting everlasting; cotton-batting cudweed; cotton batting cudweed; cottonbatting cudweed; cotton-batting; cotton batting; cottony everlasting; cottony cudweed; cotton cudweed; small-flowered cudweed; woolly everlasting cudweed; Chilean cudweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly everlasting, wooly everlasting, annual cudweed, cudweed, cud-weed, everlasting, everlasting cudweed, lowland everlasting, annual cudweed, western cudweed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; western everlasting is applied to multiple Pseudognaphalium taxa; common sandaster, common sand-aster, common sand aster are more commonly applied to Corethrogyne filaginifolia; pearly everlasting is more commonly applied to Anaphalis margaritacea
NotesChilean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGnaphalium stramineum Kunth; Gnaphalium chilense Spreng.
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