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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 (

TaxonPyrrocoma racemosa var. congesta
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pyrrocoma
Species common name(s)racemose pyrrocoma; racemose goldenweed; racemose golden-weed; racemed goldenweed; racemed golden-weed; racemed golden weed; clustered goldenweed; clustered golden-weed; clustered golden weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagoldenweed, golden-weed, golden weed, slender goldenweed, yellowbrush, yellow-brush, yellow brush are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
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