Button Brittlebush,
Button Encelia

Encelia frutescens

Button Brittlebush, Button Encelia

Color: Yellow

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.

Range: Desert

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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