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A spiny shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of western North America, having small alternate leaves, white stems, and small greenish flowers.
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(ˈɡriːsˌwʊd) or


1. (Plants) Also called: chico a spiny chenopodiaceous shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus of W North America, that yields an oil used as a fuel
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants, such as the creosote bush
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1. a shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, of the goosefoot family, growing in the arid western U.S.
2. any of various similar shrubs.
3. Western U.S. mesquite.
[1830–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.greasewood - low hardy much-branched spiny shrub common in alkaline soils of western Americagreasewood - low hardy much-branched spiny shrub common in alkaline soils of western America
genus Sarcobatus, Sarcobatus - one species: greasewood
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Salt desert shrub ecoregions, characterized by less precipitation and alkaline soils, comprise approximately 19% of the OTR and are dominated by Gardner's saltbush Atriplex gardneri, shadscale Atriplex confertifolia, black greasewood Sarcobatus vermiculatus, mock goldenweed and cushion-like phlox, with sporadic inclusions of Wyoming big sagebrush and basin big sagebrush A.
canescens), rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa), big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata), and greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus).
tenuipennis is abundant on fourwing saltbush, Atriplex canescens; it also occurs on cattle saltbush, Atriplex polycarpa, seepweed or seabite, Suaeda spp., greasewood, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, and introduced prickly Russian thistle, Salsola tragus (Ball et al.
(183 m) near Greasewood, Arizona (Klersch and Keller, 1955).
Common plants found on the Warm Springs winter range include Wyoming Big Sagebrush, Basin Big Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata tridentata), Mountain Big Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata vaseyana), Tall Threetip Sagebrush (Artemesia tripartita tripartita), Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens), Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus), and a variety of for b and grass species.
While our first night out in Scottsdale was a blur of burgers, beers, bars and robot rodeo bulls, the nearby Greasewood Flats set on the edge of the desert provided something entirely different.
Although the signature (Shantz, 1923; Lauenroth et al., 2008) and dominant species of the shortgrass steppe is blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), in southeastern Colorado short-grass steppe consists of a mosaic of plant communities that include mixed grass-shrublands containing woody plants such as sandsage (Artemisia filifolia), rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) and black greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus), as well as other grass species such as galleta grass (Pleuraphis jamesii), three-awn (Aristida purpurea) and species of dropseed (Sporobolus) including alkali sacaton (S.
Ferguson also refers to the possibility of Snake and Spring Valleys turning into dust bowls should the water table drop and deep-rooted plants such as greasewood lose touch with moisture and die.
Another lovely, small book Greasewood Creek by Pamela Steele, tells the story of a young woman who returns to the East Oregon ranchland of her home and tries to make an adult life in a place dense with childhood hauntings.