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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 (

TaxonEuchiton sphaericus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)euchiton
Species common name(s)tropical creeping cudweed; tropical star-cudweed; globe cottonleaf
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacudweed, cud-weed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa, annual cudweed, common cudweed, common-cudweed are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; star-cudweed, star cudweed are applied to multiple Euchiton taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGnaphalium japonicum Thunb., misapplied
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