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Creosote bush

Creosote bush in foreground, Kilbourne hole NM in background, and more creosote bushes stretching to the horizon
A Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) is an evergreen shrub (Zygophyllaceae), sometimes growing to a height of 12 feet but usually smaller, which is a prominent species of large parts of the semi-arid regions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and northern Mexico. In parts of its range the plant may occupy large areas as a practically pure stand. Creosote bush bears small yellow flowers and has a characteristic odor of creosote.

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