Encelia californica Nutt.

Bush Sunflower
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

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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