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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 (

TaxonHesperevax sparsiflora var. brevifolia
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)hesperevax; hesperius-evax; western-evax; western evax; dwarf-cudweed
Species common name(s)few-flowered hesperevax; few-flowered evax; erect hesperevax; erect evax; erect dwarf-cudweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf hesperevax is applied to multiple Hesperevax taxa; cudweed is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcEvax sparsiflora (A. Gray) Jeps.
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