Creosote Bush, Larrea tridentata

Creosote Bush
Larrea tridentata


Leaves, Flower & Seed

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Family: Zygophyllaceae, Caltrop Family
Blooms in Spring and Late Fall
Habitat Preferred: Dry flats and slopes
Photo taken at: Peck's Lake 8/99
Bloom Color: Yellow, followed by white, fuzzy seed pod.
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Comments: Creosote is extremely long-lived, and some are thought to be as old as 11,000 years! The leaves are naturally varnished, to slow evaporation and conserve water. Notice that most other plants avoid creosote "groves", as the roots of the plant emit repellents.
Further Reference & Sources: "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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