Sunday, February 10, 2008

Creosote Bush of the Sonoran Desert...

Here is a picture that I took of a creosote bush near the Ajo Museum in Arizona. Creosote bushes are drought-enduring plants that grow in the deserts of North and Central America. This bush is growing in the Sonoran Desert, the hottest desert in North America!

The fruit of this plant is a 5-lobed nutlet with silvery white hairs. As a child growing up in the Mojave Desert, I gathered these little "kitties" by the hundreds to play with!

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6 comments:

serendipity said...

That is an interesting looking plant.

Janey Loree said...

Hi serendipity! According to my "Desert Wildflowers of North America" book by Ronald J. Taylor, the "resinous extractions from the leaves have been used medicinally by Native Americans and Mexicans to treat such disorders as tuberculosis, gastric problems, and rheumatism, and as sn antiseptic for wounds and burns."

I can still remember the smell of these bushes especially after a rain!

serendipity said...

That sounds like a wonderful plant with so many medicinal remedies.

Aah...certain smells evoke certain memories, huh?

Janey Loree said...

They sure do!!!

Naomi said...

That's a pretty plant Janey and unusual too. It's wonderful how it conjures up such great childhood memories for you.

Janey Loree said...

Hi Naomi! The smell of the creosote bushes wafted to greet my brother and I as we drove into Arizona!! The rains will be instrumental in coloring the desert floor with millions of wildflowers!!!





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