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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 (

TaxonIsocoma menziesii var. menziesii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)isocoma
Species common name(s)Menzies's goldenbush; Menzies's coast goldenbush; Menzies's jimmyweed; Menzies' goldenbush; Menzies' coast goldenbush; Menzies' jimmyweed; Menzies goldenbush; Menzies coast goldenbush; Menzies jimmyweed; coast goldenbush; coastal isocoma; coastal goldenbush; Pacific jimmyweed; spreading goldenbush; spreading golden bush; white-flowered goldenbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagoldenweed, golden-weed, golden weed, goldenbush, golden-bush, goldenbush, Jimmyweed, Jimmy-weed, Jimmy weed, jimmyweed, jimmy-weed, jimmy weed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesMenzies, Pacific are proper names, so upper case preferable; Menzie's, Menzes's are errors
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