Fam. Pl. 2: 128. 1763.

Etymology: For Christoph Entzelt (Christophorus Enzelius), 1517–1583, German naturalist
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 21. Treatment on page 118. Mentioned on page 65, 66, 119, 120.

Perennials, subshrubs, or shrubs (10–)30–150 cm. Stems erect, usually branched from bases, often throughout (scapiform in E. nutans and E. scaposa). Leaves usually cauline, sometimes basal (E. nutans and E. scaposa); alternate (usually drought-deciduous); petiolate (obscurely in E. scaposa); blades (1- or 3-nerved) mostly deltate, lanceolate, rhombic, or ovate (narrowly oblanceolate to linear in E. scaposa), bases broadly to narrowly cuneate, margins usually entire, rarely toothed, face glabrous or canescent, hirtellous, scabrellous, strigose, or tomentose, often gland-dotted as well. Heads radiate or discoid, borne singly or in ± paniculiform arrays (peduncles usually longer than involucres). Involucres ± hemispheric or broader, 4–22 mm diam. Phyllaries persistent, 18–30(–50+) in 2–3+ series (subequal to unequal, outer shorter). Receptacles flat or convex, paleate (paleae ± conduplicate, folded around and falling with cypselae). Ray florets 0 or 8–25(–40), neuter; corollas yellow. Disc florets 80–100(–200+), bisexual, fertile; corollas yellow or brown-purple, tubes shorter than to equaling abruptly expanded throats, lobes 5, triangular. Cypselae strongly compressed, obovate to cuneate (margins ciliate, apices usually ± notched except in E. scaposa, faces usually glabrous except in E. scaposa); pappi usually 0, sometimes readily falling or persistent, of 2 bristlelike awns. x = 18.


sw United States, Mexico, South America.


Species 13 or 14 (8 in the flora).

Encelias commonly hybridize, especially in disturbed areas: Encelia farinosa × E. frutescens is common; E. farinosa × E. californica, E. farinosa × E. actoni, E. actoni × E. frutescens, E. frutescens × E. virginensis, and E. farinosa × Geraea canescens have been reported.


1 Perennials; leaves all or mostly basal > 2
1 Subshrubs or shrubs; leaves cauline > 3
2 Ray florets 20–40 Encelia scaposa
2 Ray florets 0 (heads nodding in fruit) Encelia nutans
3 Ray florets 0 Encelia frutescens
3 Ray florets 8–25 > 4
4 Heads in paniculiform arrays; leaves tomentose to strigose > 5
4 Heads borne singly; leaves glabrous or canescent, scabrous, and/or strigose (not tomentose) > 6
5 Leaves tomentose (branching among heads mainly distal; ray florets 11–21, corolla laminae 8–12 mm) Encelia farinosa
5 Leaves tomentose to strigose (branching among heads mainly proximal; ray florets fewer and smaller) Encelia farinosa × E. frutescens (see Encelia farinosa)
6 Leaves glabrous or glabrate; disc corollas brown (ray laminae lengths 1.5–2 times disc diams.) Encelia californica
6 Leaves scabrous, strigose, and/or canescent; disc corollas yellow (ray laminae lengths 1–1.2 times disc diams.) > 7
7 Leaves scabrous to strigose (not canescent) Encelia resinifera
7 Leaves canescent, sometimes strigose as well > 8
8 Leaves sparsely canescent and strigose; rays 11–21, laminae 8–15 mm (relatively deeply toothed) Encelia virginensis
8 Leaves ± silvery-canescent (not strigose); rays 14–25, laminae 10–25 mm (relatively shallowly toothed) Encelia actoni
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Curtis Clark +
Adanson +
sw United States +, Mexico +  and South America. +
For Christoph Entzelt (Christophorus Enzelius), 1517–1583, German naturalist +
clark1998a +
Undefined (tribe Undefined) subtribe Enceliinae +, Undefined (tribe Undefined) subtribe Engelmanniinae +, Undefined (tribe Undefined) subtribe Spilanthinae +, Undefined (tribe Undefined) subtribe Verbesininae +  and Undefined (tribe Undefined) subtribe Zinniinae +
Encelia +
Asteraceae (tribe Heliantheae) subtribe Ecliptinae +