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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 (

TaxonHymenopappus filifolius var. megacephalus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)hymenopappus
Species common name(s)fine-leaved hymenopappus; fine-leafed hymenopappus; fine-leaf hymenopappus; fine leaf hymenopappus; fineleaf hymenopappus; fine-leaved woollywhite; fine-leaf woollywhite; fine-leaf wooly-white; fineleaf woollywhite; tufted hymenopappus; low tufted hymenopappus; thread-leaf plainsman; threadleaf plainsman; Columbia cutleaf; Columbia cut-leaf; Columbia cut leaf; hyalineherb; hyaline-herb; hyaline herb; common hyalineherb; white ragweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabitterweed, bitter-weed, bitter weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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