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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 (

TaxonPluchea odorata var. odorata
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pluchea
Species common name(s)shrubby camphor-weed; shrubby camphorweed; purple pluchea; purple camphor-weed; purple camphor weed; purple camphorweed; salt-marsh fleabane; salt marsh fleabane; saltmarsh fleabane; sweet salt-marsh fleabane; sweet-scented fleabane; sweetscent; sweet-scent; sweet scent; sweetscent camphorweed; cattle-tongue; cattle tongue; river-side tobacco; riverside tobacco
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaIn FNA, saltmarsh fleabane is applied specifically to var. succulenta; shrubby pluchea, inland marsh fleabane are applied to multiple Pluchea taxa; marsh fleabane is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; camphorweed, camphor-weed, camphor weed, stink-weed, stink weed, stinkweed, stinky plant, sourbush, sour-bush, sour bush, wild tobacco are applied to taxa in multiple families
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