encelia farinosa

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Yellow daisy-like flowers, mild painkiller, used for toothaches, arthritic pain, mild analgesic. Common desert shrub with brittle stems. (sometimes called Brittlebush). up to 3 ft (1m). Yellow brown resin collected from the base of the plant can be heated and used as glue. A different, more fragrant, gummy sort of clear yellow resin is collected from the upper stems, used as chewing gum or to seal pottery vessels. Smells similar to frankenscense. Branch can be used as a toothbrush by peeling off the bitter bark, no need for toothpaste. Leaves triangular, simple, alternate; silvery, gray or whitish.
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Likewise, Ehleringer (1984) found for the shrub Encelia farinosa that the leaf water potential of plants from which neighbors had been removed was significantly and appreciably higher than in the leaves of control plants three months after the last rain.
Relative importance values of plants associated with antelope jackrabbit sign and observations in the Central Gulf Coast subdivision of Sonoran Desertscrub (xeric microphyll shrub) were: brittlebush Encelia farinosa (55.
deltoidea, triangle-leaf bursage) and Encelia farinosa (brittlebush), with scattered Cercidium microphyllum (follows nomenclature of Hickman, 1993).