chamise
cha·mi·se (chə-mēzʹ) also cha·mi·so (-mēʹsō) n. pl. cha·mi·ses, also cha·mi·sos
An evergreen shrub (Adenostoma fasciculatum) in the rose family, native to California, having small needlelike leaves in fascicles and clusters of small white flowers.
  [Spanish chamisa, from Galician chamiça, dry brush, firewood, from chama, flame, from Latin flamma. See flame.]

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