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Skull Rock Trail

A Most Successful Desert Plant

Creosote bush on Skull Rock trail, Joshua Tree National Park
The creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) is well adapted to arid desert conditions. Its roots are shallow and widely spaced so each plant absorbs moisture without crowding its neighbors. Waxy coated leaves reduce moisture loss from hot dry winds.

Yellow flowers bloom in April or May, followed by fuzzy white seed balls. After a desert rain, smell the sweet resiny scent emitted by this distinctive plant.

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