brittlebush

[brit-l-boo sh]
noun
  1. 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 of brittlebush

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