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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 (

TaxonPseudognaphalium thermale
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)false-cudweed; false cudweed; falsecud weed
Species common name(s)northwestern rabbit-tobacco; northwestern rabbit tobacco
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender everlasting, everlasting, ever-lasting, cudweed, cud-weed, rabbit tobacco, rabbit-tobacco are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; small-headed cudweed, small-head cudweed, smallhead cudweed are more appropriately applied to Pseudognaphalium microcephalum; Wright's rabbit-tobacco, Wright's cudweed, felt-leaved everlasting, felt-leaf everlasting, feltleaf everlasting, felt leaf everlasting are more commonly applied to Pseudognaphalium canescens; everlasting cudweed, white cudweed, white everlasting, slender cudweed are applied to multiple Pseudognaphalium taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGnaphalium thermale E.E. Nelson; Gnaphalium canescens DC. subsp. thermale (E. Nelson) Stebbins & D.J. Keil; Gnaphalium microcephalum Nutt. var. thermale (E.E. Nelson) Cronquist; Pseudognaphalium microcephalum (Nutt.) Anderb. var. thermale (E.E. Nelson) Dorn; Pseudognaphalium canescens (DC.) W.A. Weber subsp. thermale (E.E. Nelson) Kartesz
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