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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 (

TaxonNicolletia occidentalis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)nicolletia; hole-in-the-sand plant; hole in the sand plant
Species common name(s)Mojave nicolletia; Mojave hole-in-the-sand plant; Mojave hole in the sand plant; western nicolletia; western hole-in-the-sand plant; western hole in the sand plant
NotesMojave is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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