blackbrush Rosaceae Coleogyne ramosissima
Leaf:Opposite, drought deciduous, linear or club-like, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, entire edges, tightly clustered, gray-green and aromatic.
Flower:Perfect, yellow to yellow-brown, broadly pointed sepals (1/4 inch across and long), typically without petals, appearing singly at ends of branches in early spring.
Fruit:Crescent to ovate shaped, chestnut brown achenes, 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, ripen in early summer.
Twig:Stiff, gray (darker when wet), darkening with age and often ending in a spine; many branched twigs.
Bark:Dark gray to nearly black with, shallow, lighter gray fissures.
Form:Low, spreading bush with a rounded, dense crown reaching 1 to 5 feet in height.