Immediately after arriving in this NF I started smelling a weird, pungent odor. it wasn’t entirely unpleasant, but rather sharp and not ignorable. The closest analogs sound terrible but overall it’s really not that bad. From major to minor components:
creosote, like 80%
small animal urine, maybe gerbil or hamster
ripe/piercing body odor from someone who hasn’t washed in weeks
tiny animal decay, like a fieldmouse
It seemed to come from under the van. Did I hit something? Did the fieldmouse from Idaho I trapped leave behind a nest of babies?
It turns out the smell comes from a tiny plant. Maybe 4” tall, woody, with a little sequin-sized flower on top.
I tried to take a picture of them but you-know-who photobombed the attempt:
Very strange. They are surprisingly smelly given their size and mass. I do not recommend them for your home garden.