brittlebush

noun
brit·tle·bush | \ ˈbri-tᵊl-ˌbu̇sh \

Definition of brittlebush 

: any of a genus (Encelia) of composite plants having brittle stems especially : a perennial desert shrub (E. farinosa) of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico with yellow flowers blooming above dense usually grayish-green foliage

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At the base lies the saguaro-and-brittlebush landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Sunset, "Where to Embark on a Sky Island Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Despite the fact that not a drop of rainwater has fallen in the desert yet this winter, there were actually a few blooming plants, including a brittlebush, tipped with happy yellow flowers, and a few delicate red blossoms on chuparosa bushes. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hike in Anza-Borrego a great way to start off year," 8 Jan. 2018 The desert also supports white primroses and yellow-flowered brittlebush. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Watch this mesmerizing night sky time-lapse video and ponder the vastness of the universe," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of brittlebush

1903, in the meaning defined above

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