Friday, May 28, 2010

Burrobrush or Cheesebush

also known as cheesebush or cheeseweed (Hymenoclea salsola) is a member of the aster family found in south and mid-eastern California, southeastern Nevada, southwestern Utah, Arizona and northwestern Mexico. It has inconspicuous flowers only 3/8 inch wide
which are followed by flower-like fruits
with five shiny, cream-colored wings.
The leaves are dark green, slender and thread-like. The plants are straggly and rounded
with numerous, slender branches.
It gets the name cheesebush from the fact that the pungent odor of crushed leaves smells like cheese.

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