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Encelia farinosa

A rounded desert shrub growing 4 to 5 feet with silvery-tormentose ovate leaves to 2½ inches and yellow flowers. Found in the southwestern states of Utah, Arizona, and in northern Mexico.

The fragrant resin exuded by the stems has been chewed like gum by Native Americans of Arizona and been used as incense by Spanish priests.

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