|Bush sunflower is a much-branched
perennial shrub to about 4' tall with alternate, entire, 3-veined, lanceolate
to ovate leaves on slender glabrous to slightly pubescent stems, and showy
floral heads with 15-25 yellow ligules and a red-brown to purplish disk.
This species is commonly seen on coastal bluffs and open, brushy
slopes in coastal sage scrub and chaparral to 2000', ranging from Santa
Barbara Co. to Baja, inland to Riverside and San Bernardino Cos., but
primarily cismontane. It blooms from February to June.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Encelia 2) californica.
Pronunciation: en-SEE-lee-a ka-li-FOR-ni-ka.
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