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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 (

TaxonMalacothrix californica
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)malacothrix; desert-dandelion; desertdandelion; desert dandelion; desert dandylion
Species common name(s)California malocothrix; California desert-dandelion; California desertdandelion; California desert dandelion; California dandelion; California cliff-aster; California desert dandylion
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