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This desert shrub, also known by the common name Brittlebush, reaches a height of 30 to 150 centimeters, manifesting a single or several trunks. The stems are much-branched above, with young stems tomentose; older stems exhibit smooth bark, This plant's sap is fragrant Leaves are clustered near stem tips, with leaf petioles 10 to 20 millimeters in length, and with ovate to lanceolate blades ranging from two to seven cm. These tomentose leaves are silver or gray in color. Inflorescence heads are radiate, and generally yellowish, although the disk flowers can be yellow or brownish-purple.