Elemifera balsamifera (L.) Kuntze
Common Name: Balsam Torchwood
Balsam torchwood is an aromatic, evergreen shrub or small tree growing from 2 - 8 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its essential oil. It has been cultivated for its oil and wood in several tropical countries outside its native range[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras; Caribbean - Puerto Rico to Cuba; N. America - Florida.
Coastal hammocks in Florida[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Amyris oil, extracted from the wood by distillation, is used for medicinal purposes[
An essential oil is obtained from the wood[
]. Amyris oil, extracted from the wood by distillation, is used to make perfume and varnish[
The wood, or the essential oil, is used as an incense[
The wood is used for building purposes[
]. The wood is used for making furniture[
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