Creosote near Isleta/Albuquerque
Just thought I'd throw this out there. Recently I drove back home to Albuquerque for the holidays. As I was heading north on I-25 just south of town I noticed there were several mesas just west of Isleta Pueblo with quite a few creosote bushes growing. I think this has to be the northernmost natural population of Larrea tridentata. Having spent most of my life living in Albuquerque, I have never seen creosote growing anywhere on the West Mesa or the Sandia foothills, and certainly not in the valley or north of Albuquerque.
Naturally there are many places in town where they have been planted as a landscaping plant, but no natural stands that I can think of.
As a side note, I recall one summer rainstorm where I could swear I smelled wet creosote, and I wasn't near any planted in my neighborhood. I wonder if it was coming from those creosote covered mesas near Isleta?