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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 (

TaxonAntennaria microphylla
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pussy-toes; pussy toes; pussytoes; pussy's toes; everlasting pussy-toes
Species common name(s)tiny-leaved pussytoes; small-leaf pussytoes; small-leaved cat's-foot; small-leaved cat's foot; small-leaf cat's-foot; small-leaf cat's foot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarosy pussytoes, rosy pussy-toes, rosy pussy toes, rosey pussy-toes, rosey pussy toes, rosey pussytoes, pink pussytoes, pink pussy-toes, pink pussy toes, red pussytoes, red pussy-toes, red pussy toes are applied to multiple Antennaria taxa; everlasting, ever-lasting, ladies' tobacco, ladies'-tobacco, ladies tobacco, lady's tobacco are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; littleleaf pussytoes, little-leaf pussy-toes, small-leaf pussytoes are applied to multiple Antennaria taxa; cat's-foot, cat's foot, cat foot, cats foot, cat's paws, cat's-paws are applied to taxa in multiple families
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