Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shrub (Encelia farinosa) in the composite family, native to Mexico and the southwest United States and having grayish foliage and showy flower heads with yellow rays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The desert shrub Encelia farinosa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. fragrant rounded shrub of SW US 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • n. 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

Etymologies

brittle bush, from the frangibility of its stems. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It takes a couple of weeks for dormant shrubs such as brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) to produce new roots and leaves and resume full metabolic activity after a soaking rain.

    Adaptations of desert plants

  • During the dry season the stems of brittlebush and bursage are so dehydrated that they can be used as kindling wood, yet they are alive.

    Adaptations of desert plants

  • A couple of exceptions are brittlebush when it occurs in pure stands, and extensive woodlands of foothill palo verde (Cercidium microphyllum).

    Adaptations of desert plants

  • Vegetation is a sparse, but diverse, shrub cover that includes creosote bush, white brittlebush, white bursage, and occasional Sonoran desert elements, such as ocotillo.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • As David Myers scans the rocky slopes of this desert canyon, looking vainly past clumps of brittlebush for bighorn sheep, he imagines an enemy advancing across the crags.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » You Knew This Was Coming, Didn’t You?

  • We walk by flora that I have only seen in books—brittlebush and cheeseweed, filaree, jojoba.

    VANISHING ACTS

  • We walk by flora that I have only seen in books – brittlebush and cheeseweed, filaree, jojoba.

    Vanishing Acts

  • The brittlebush, one of the most prolific desert bloomers, is ablaze with its yellow flowers now.

    Fore, right!

  • Further north, the trimmings shifted into mostly desert marigold and brittlebush, with the odd velvety green ocotillo.

    Tucson Weekly

  • On a recent walk in Coal Canyon, Allen said he saw flowers on bigpod California lilac, mulefat, California brittlebush and the "stunning" and uncommon chaparral currant.

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Top Stories

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