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GALLERIES > PLANTS AND TREES > CALIFORNIA BRITTLEBUSH / BUSH SUNFLOWER [Encelia californica]


Bush Sunflower Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 1, 2009
ID : 1946 [3888 x 2592]

Bush Sunflower Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 1, 2009
ID : 1945 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

Encelia californica is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name California brittlebush. This shrub is native to southern California and Baja California where it is a member of the coastal sage plant community at the shoreline. It can also be found on inland foothills. This is a bushy, sprawling shrub reaching between one half and 1.5 meters in height. It has many thin branches covered in widely-spaced green leaves which are a rounded diamond shape.

The solitary flower heads are daisylike, with 15 to 25 bright yellow ray florets 1 to 3 centimeters long around a center of protruding yellowish to purplish brown disc florets. The fruit is an achene 5 to 7 millimeters long, with no pappus.



                                     



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