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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 (

TaxonPsilocarphus elatior
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)woolly-marbles; wooly-marbles; woolly marbles; wooly marbles; woollymarbles; wooley-heads
Species common name(s)tall woolly-marbles; tall woolly marbles; tall woolly-heads; tall wooly-heads; tall woolly heads; tall woollyheads; meadow woolly-heads; meadow woollyheads
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly-heads, woolly heads, woollyheads, wooly-heads, wooly heads, woolyheads are applied to taxa in multiple families
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