Common name: Brittlebush, Incienso
Latin name: Encelia farinosa
Height: 12-60 inches
Description: The daisy-shaped flowers are 3-3.5 cm diameter, with orange-yellow ray florets and yellow or purple-brown disc florets. Stems are much-branched above; young stems have densely interwoven and matted hairs, older stems have smooth bark.
Leaf: Leaves are clustered near stem tips, are egg to lance-shaped and silver or grey with densely interwoven and matted hairs.
Range: Desert, e South Coast and adjacent Peninsular Ranges
Habitat: Stony desert hillsides, Coastal scrub
Elevation: < 1000 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: Encelia farinosa, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. The Spanish name "Incienso" is because dried sap was burned in early New World Spanish Missions as incense. Its other common name comes from the brittleness of its stems. This top photo of this flower was photographed February 16, 2005.
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