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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 (

TaxonLessingia glandulifera var. peirsonii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)lessingia
Species common name(s)valley lessingia; valley vinegarweed; valley vinegar-weed; glandular lessingia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasticky lessingia, common lessingia, autumn vinegar weed are applied to multiple Lessingia taxa; vinegarweed, vinegar-weed, vinegar weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPeirson is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Peirsons is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLessingia lemmonii A. Gray var. peirsonii (J.T. Howell) Ferris
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