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Any of various shrubs of the genus Encelia of the composite family, especially E. farinosa, native to northern Mexico and the southwest United States and having grayish foliage and showy yellow flowers.


(ˈbrɪt lˌbʊʃ)

any composite North American desert plant of the genus Encelia, having brittle leaves and flowers with yellow rays and a yellow or purple disk.
[1905–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.brittlebush - fragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
Encelia, genus Encelia - genus of shrubs of southwestern United States and Mexico: brittlebush
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Brittlebush and a variety of cacti are also seen throughout the community.
Vegetation is primarily desert scrub, predominately brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and desert wash communities.
The desert goes Technicolor, brittlebush covered in yellow flowers, hummingbirds with iridescent throats fighting for space where ocotillos shoot red blooms out of what looks like firewood tinder.
gloriosus was the shrub Wright's Baccharis (Baccharis wrightii), but that it also associated with Desertbroom (Baccharis sarothroides), goldeneye (formerly Gymnolomia, now Heliomeris), and brittlebush (Encelia).
When in bloom, the yellow daisy flowers of Encelia farinosa, also known as brittlebush on account of its brittle stems, is a tough perennial that not only survives fire but sub-freezing temperatures as well.
We crossed the gradual outer slopes through a moonless night, the lava overgrown with brittlebush that glowed watery silver over the dark ground so that the animals seemed to be wading and we, in a lurching sort of way, floating.
The building acts as a hinge linking the dam to the hills, covered with black rock and the brilliant yellow flowers of the brittlebush and palo verde; hinging present to past.