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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 villosa var. minor
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)villous golden-aster; villous golden aster; hairy golden-aster; hairy golden aster; hairy goldenaster; hairy goldaster; hairy false-goldenaster; hairy false goldenaster; hairy false goldaster; hairy false gold-aster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatelegraph weed is more commonly applied to Heterotheca grandiflora than the entire genus; hairy camphorweed is applied to multiple Heterotheca taxa; hairy gold-aster, hairy gold aster, goldenaster, golden-aster, golden aster are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; camphor-weed, camphor weed, camphorweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. hispida (Hook.) V. Harms; var. villosa, misapplied
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