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Bursera microphylla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Burseraceae
Genus: Bursera
Species: B. microphylla
Binomial name
Bursera microphylla

Elaphrium microphyllum (A. Gray) Rose[1]

Bursera microphylla is a tree in genus Bursera known by the common name Elephant Tree. This tree is native to Northern Mexico (states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora and Zacatecas)[1] and the Southwestern United States (Southern California and Arizona), especially desert regions. It reaches 3.6–4.7 m[2] in height and its bark is light gray to white, with younger branches having a reddish color. The light foliage is made up of long, straight, flat, legume-like leaves which are composed of paired leaflets. It flowers in rounded yellow buds which open into small, star-shaped white or cream flowers. The fruit is a drupe containing a yellow stone.[3]



According to the Cahuilla Indians, the red sap of the Elephant Tree was used as a panacea.


See also


Line notes

  1. ^ a b c "Bursera microphylla information from NPGS/GRIN". Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
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  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009

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