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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 (

TaxonSolidago lepida var. salebrosa
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)goldenrod; golden-rod; golden rod; common goldenrod; common golden-rod; common golden rod; pyramid goldenrod; pyramid golden-rod; pyramid golden rod; pyramid-golden-rod
Species common name(s)western Canada goldenrod
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern goldenrod, Rocky Mountain goldenrod, Rocky Mountain goldenrod, meadow goldenrod, graceful Canada goldenrod, great goldenrod, great golden-rod, tall goldenrod, late goldenrod, late tall goldenrod, smooth goldenrod, smooth golden-rod, smooth-stemmed goldenrod are applied to multiple Solidago taxa; Canada goldenrod is more commonly applied to Solidago canadensis; yellowtops, yellow-tops, yellowtop, yellow-top, yellow top, yellow weed, yellow-weed, flower-of-gold, flower of gold are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSolidago canadensis L. var. salebrosa (Piper) M.E. Jones; Solidago gigantea Aiton, misapplied
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