brittle-bush

brittlebush

[brit-l-boosh]
noun
any of several composite plants of the genus Encelia, of desert regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having alternate leaves and yellow ray flowers with a yellow or purple center.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; brittle + bush1, so called from the texture of its leaves

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brittlebush

noun
fragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine 
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