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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 (

TaxonPseudobahia heermannii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pseudobahia; sunburst; blanketstem
Species common name(s)foothill pseudobahia; foothill sunburst; foothill brittlestem; foot-hill brittle-stem; foothill blanketstem; Heermann's golden sunburst; Heermann golden sunburst
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagolden sunburst is applied to multiple Pseudobahia taxa; brittlestem is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHeermann is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Heermanns is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMonolopia bahiifolia Benth. var. pinnatifida A. Gray
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