California brittlebrush Asteraceae Encelia californica
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen (drought deciduous), broadly ovate to diamond shaped, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margins or with a few shallow scatered teeth, green above and below.
Flower:Very attractive, bright yellow daisy-like flowers, each 1 to 2 inches across, appearing at the ends of twigs in the spring or after rains.
Fruit:A composite of small achenes.
Twig:Barely woody, light reddish gray, hairless.
Bark:Gray and shallowly furrowed.
Form:Small mounding shrub up to 3 feet tall and equally as wide.