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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 (

TaxonStephanomeria cichoriacea
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)stephanomeria; wire-lettuce; wire lettuce; wirelettuce; wreath-plant; wreath plant; wreathplant; milk-aster; milk aster; milkaster
Species common name(s)chicory-leaved stephanomeria; chicory-leaf stephanomeria; chicory leaf stephanomeria; chicory-leaf wire-lettuce; chicory-leaf wirelettuce; chicoryleaf wire-lettuce; chicoryleaf wirelettuce; cichory wreath; Fort Tejon milk-aster; Fort Tejon milk aster; Fort Tejon milkaster; Tejon milk-aster; Tejon milk aster; bluff stephanomeria; silver rock-lettuce; silver rock lettuce
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaskeleton-weed, skeletonweed, skeleton weed, stickweed, stick-weed, stick weed, rock lettuce, rock-lettuce are applied to taxa in multiple families
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