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Greasewood is the common name for several plant species. Also known as creosote,this evergreen bush can be found in hot and dry regions throughout the western U.S. These bushes are long living, surviving up to 100 years, and are known for their astringent odor, especially when wet or burning. For many desert dwellers, the scent of wet creosote bush is a scent associated with the summer monsoons, a welcome perfume that can almost overwhelm the senses on a humid afternoon.

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"Creosote, June 4, 2013" by Leah Daniel, BLM Nevada.

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