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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 paniculata
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)punctate rabbitbrush; punctate rabbit-brush; dotted rabbitbrush; black-banded rabbitbrush; black banded rabbitbrush; black-banded rabbit-brush; black-banded rabbit brush; blackbanded rabbit brush; black-band rabbitbrush; black band rabbitbrush; black-stem rabbitbrush; blackstem rabbitbrush; catclaw rabbitbrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMojave rabbitbrush, Mohave rabbitbrush, desert rabbitbrush, sticky rabbitbrus are applied to multiple Ericameria taxaa; rubber rabbitbrush is more commonly applied to Ericameria nauseosa; 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
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChrysothamnus paniculatus (A. Gray) H.M. Hall
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