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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 (

TaxonUrospermum picroides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)urospermum
Species common name(s)prickly goldenfleece; prickly-goldenfleece; prickly golden-fleece; prickly golden fleece; prickly-cupped goat's-beard; prickly cupped goat's beard; bristly tail-seed; false hawkbit
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagolden-fleece, golden fleece, goldenfleece are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; goat's beard, goat's-beard, goatsbeard, goats-beard, goats beard, goatbeard are applied to taxa in multiple families
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