California brittlebrush Asteraceae Encelia
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.
Looks like: brittlebush