|Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)|
DESCRIPTION: Shrub to 4'. Leaves are simple, smooth-edged (in contrast to toothed in Triangleleaf Bursage), triangular-shaped (or sometimes oval or oblong), and greenish- to silvery-gray. Flowers bloom Nov. - May and are bright yellow, daisy-like, and occur on top of long, brittle stems sticking up from rest of plant. Compositae (Sunflower) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Common name in Spanish is Incienso because the gum or resin that exudes from its stems can be burned as incense (or chewed as gum). Rainwater dissolves chemicals from the foliage that fall to the soil and inhibit germination by many species.