creosote bush

any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Larrea, of the caltrop family, especially L. tridentata, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having yellow flowers and resinous foliage with a strong odor of creosote.

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creosote bush
Also called: greasewood a shrub, Larrea (or Covillea) tridentata of the western US and Mexico, that has resinous leaves with an odour resembling creosote, and can live for many thousands of years: family Zygophyllaceae

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Example sentences
The first photo has sagebrush in the foreground and creosote bush in the
The creosote bush is an ideal place for small burrowing animals to excavate
  their homes.
They prefer areas with creosote bush, but they are found in other desert
Vegetation is predominantly creosote bush desert scrub and desert wash scrub.
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