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The vegetation of the Mojave and Colorado deserts:

Creosote Bush Scrub

Creosote bush scrub vegetation

Creosote Bush Scrub is the most common desert scrub type, covering approximately 6070% of the desert floors and alluvial fans across the Mojave and Colorado deserts of California (Barbour et al., 2007).

Creosote bush is an evergreen shrub, able to withstand a wide range of conditions, but typically occurs in areas receiving between 2 to 8 inches of rainfall in both the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Common associates include burro bush (Ambrosia dumosa), brittle bush (Encelia farinosa, E. actoni, E. virginensis), and cheesebush (Hymenoclea salsola). Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera), silver cholla (Opuntia echinocarpa), and beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) are often encountered amid the broadly spaced shrubs.

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