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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 (

TaxonAgoseris retrorsa
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)agoseris; mountain-dandelion; mountain dandelion; mountain dandylion; mtn dandelion; goat-chicory; goat chicory
Species common name(s)spear-leaved agoseris; spear leaved agoseris; spear-leaved mountain-dandelion; spear-leaved mountain dandelion; spear-leafed agoseris; spear-leaf agoseris; spearleaf agoseris; spear-leaf mountain-dandelion; spearleaf mountain-dandelion; spearleaf mountain dandelion; spear-leaf false-dandelion; spearleaf dandelion; spear-leaf goat-chicory; spear leaf goat-chicory; spear leaf goat chicory; retrose agoseris; retrose-leaved agoseris; retrorse mountain dandelion
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra dandelion may better apply to Agoseris monticola; native dandelion, false dandelion, false-dandelion are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
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