paper-daisy Asteraceae Psilostrophe cooperi
Leaf:Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, very narrow, to 4 inches long, gray-green with dense pubescence.
Flower:Species is monoecious; bright yellow flowers, daisy like, 3/4 inch across appearing singly at the tips of branches, but drying to become paper-like and persisting; appearing March through September.
Fruit:Tufted, fluffy achenes, light brown, dried flower parts are persistent after seeds have dispersed.
Twig:Young twigs are slender, round, gray-green with dense pubescence.
Bark:Reddish brown to gray-brown, developing darker scaly ridges.
Form:Dense rounded shrub often arising from a single woody "trunk" reaching up to 2 feet tall.