Common name: Button Brittlebush, Button Encelia
Latin name: Encelia frutescens
Height: 3-5 feet
Description: A shrub in the daisy family without ray flowers. It is composed of only a disc packed with disc florets on brittle, white stems.
Leaf: Alternate egg-shaped rough and dark green leaves are scattered along the stems and are covered with short, stiff hairs.
Habitat: Washes, rocky flats and slopes
Elevation: < 800 m.
Flowering time: Feb–May
Notes: In the Sonoran Desert these plants can bloom quite profusely in response to summer rain. Encelia frutescens, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. There are four Encelia species found in the California deserts. Distribution outside California: s Nevada, w Arizona, Baja California. Photographed March 25, 2005 using a Canon EOS 10D with 100mm macro lens.
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