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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 (

TaxonVerbesina encelioides subsp. exauriculata
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)crown-beard; crownbeard; crown beard; wingstem
Species common name(s)golden crown-beard; golden crownbeard; golden crown beard; crownbeard daisy; crown-beard daisy; crown beard daisy; cowpen crownbeard; cowpen daisy; cow-pen daisy; cow pen daisy; cow-pasture daisy; cow pasture daisy; skunk-daisy; skunk daisy; yellow-top daisy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern crownbeard, western crown-beard, western crown beard, yellow crownbeard are applied to multiple Verbesina taxa; yellowtop, yellow-top, yellow top are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; goldweed, gold-weed, gold weed, butter-daisy, butter daisy, sore-eye, dogweed, dog-weed, dog weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Notesgolden viguiera may be an error
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