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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 (

TaxonHeterotheca sessiliflora subsp. echioides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)heterotheca; false goldenaster; false golden-aster; falsegoldenaster
Species common name(s)sessile-flower golden-aster; sessile-flower goldenaster; sessileflower goldenaster; sessile-flower false-goldenaster; sessileflower false goldenaster; sessile-flower false goldenaster; sessileflower falsegoldenaster
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketscamphor golden-aster [var. camphorata]; camphor goldenaster [var. camphorata]; camphor false goldenaster [var. camphorata]; false Bolander's goldenaster [var. bolanderioides]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy golden-aster, hairy goldenaster, hairy golden aster are more commonly applied to Heterotheca villosa; telegraph weed is more commonly applied to Heterotheca grandiflora than the entire genus; goldenaster, golden-aster, golden aster are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; camphor-weed, camphor weed, camphorweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBolander is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bolanders is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. bolanderioides Semple; var. camphorata (Eastwood) Semple; var. echioides (Benth.) Semple; Heterotheca camphorata (Eastwood) Semple; Heterotheca echioides (Benth.) Shinners including var. bolanderioides (Semple) G.L. Nesom; Chrysopsis echioides Benth.
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