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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 clevelandii
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)Cleveland's malacothrix; Cleveland's desert-dandelion; Cleveland's desertdandelion; Cleveland's desert dandelion; Cleveland's dandelion; Cleveland's cliff-aster; Cleveland's yellow saucers; Cleveland malacothrix; Cleveland desert-dandelion; Cleveland desertdandelion; Cleveland desert dandelion; Cleveland dandelion; Cleveland cliff-aster; Cleveland yellow saucers
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual malacothrix, yellow saucers are applied to multiple Malacothrix taxa; California dwarf-sunflower is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesCleveland is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Clevelands is an error
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