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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 (

TaxonEricameria nauseosa var. speciosa
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)ericameria; heath-goldenrod; heath goldenrod; heathgoldenrod
Species common name(s)rubber rabbitbrush; rubber-rabbitbrush; rubber rabbit-brush; rubber rabbit brush; common rubber rabbitbrush; common rubber-rabbitbrush; common rabbitbrush; common rabbit-brush; common rabbit-brush; big rabbitbrush; gray rabbitbrush; gray rabbit-brush; gray rabbit brush; grey rabbitbrush; grey rabbit brush; chamisa rabbitbrush; chamisa rabbit-brush; rabbitbrush chamisa; golden rabbitbrush; golden rabbit brush; green-plume rabbitbrush; greenplume rabbitbrush; green plume rabbitbrush; stinking rabbitbrush; stinking rabbit brush; fetid rayless goldenrod; fetid rayless golden-rod
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite rabbitbrush, white rubber rabbitbrush are more commonly applied to var. hololeuca; goldenweed, golden-weed, golden weed, goldenbush, golden-bush, goldenbush, rabbit-sage, rabbit sage, rabbitsage, yellowbrush, yellow-brush, yellow brush are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; antelope brush is more commonly applied to Purshia; chamise, chamiso, chamisa, chamis, chamizo, chamiza, chamiso blanco are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChrysothamnus nauseosus (Pall. ex Pursh) Britton subsp. albicaulis (Nutt.) H.M. Hall & Clem., var. macrophyllus J.T. Howell, Chrysothamnus californicus Greene
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