What is Cheesebush
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Cheesebush or White Burro Bush or Bush Hops – Hymenoclea salsola
ADAPTATION FOR SURVIVAL
Very thin, threadlike leaves coated with resinous substance to decrease water loss.
Leaves drop in hot months, and plant appears dead.
Adapts to a wide variety of environments: Creosote Bush Scrub, Shadescale Scrub, Pinyon-juniper Woodland, Arroyo Woodland, Desert Rural Ruderal, Alkaline Sink Scrub
Common alkaline soils, sandy washes
Low to high desert washes, disturbed areas
TYPE OF SOIL
SOURCE OF WATER
Surfaces, in drainages
3 to 6 ft (1 to 2 m)
Crushed leaves smell like cheese, giving plant its name.
Flowers small, but fruits are interesting and when numerous are quite showy.
White or pink-tinged scales surround the young fruit like a small rosebud.