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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 (

TaxonCirsium remotifolium var. odontolepis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)cirsium; thistle; true thistle; plume thistle; plume-thistle
Species common name(s)remote-leaved thistle; remote-leaf thistle; distant-leaf thistle; few-leaved thistle; few leaved thistle; few-leaf thistle; fewleaf thistle; weak thistle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafringed thistle, fringed-bract thistle are applied to multiple Cirsium taxa; white-thistle, whitethistle, white thistle are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCirsium amblylepis Petr.; Cirsium callilepis (Greene) Jeps., including var. pseudocarlinoides (Petr.) J.T. Howell
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