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.
Evidence of different adaptations of flower color variants of Encelia farinosa (Compositae).
hookeri 'Cream Delight' with a cream- and green-striped agave and brittle-bush (Encelia farinosa).
deltoidea, triangle-leaf bursage) and Encelia farinosa (brittlebush), with scattered Cercidium microphyllum (follows nomenclature of Hickman, 1993).
Mountainous areas supported creosotebush (Larrea tridentata), brittle-bush (Encelia farinosa), burro-weed (Ambrosia dumosa), and ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).
The dominant shrub is Encelia farinosa. Other xeric dwarf-shrubs, some large columnar cacti, along with scattered Carnegiea gigantea and four species of bush-cacti (Cylindropuntia) are the most conspicuous plants.