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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 (

TaxonMicroseris acuminata
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)microseris
Species common name(s)Sierra foothills microseris; Sierra-foothills microseris; Sierra foothills silverpuffs; Sierran foothill silverpuffs; Sierra foothill silverpuffs; Sierran foothill silverpuffs; needle microseris
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender microseris is applied to multiple Microseris taxa; silver puffs, silver-puffs, silverpuffs are applied to Microseris, Stebbinsoseris, Uropappus
Noteswhen Sierra, Sierran are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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