Bursera obovata Turcz.
Bursera odorata Brandegee
Bursera schaffneri S.Watson
Elaphrium fagaroides Kunth
Elaphrium obovatum (Turcz.) Rose
Elaphrium odoratum (Brandegee) Rose
Elaphrium schaffneri (S.Watson) Rose
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Bursera fagaroides is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a wide, spreading crown; it can grow up to 5 metres tall. The tree develops a swollen bole which can be 30cm or more in diameter[
The tree is planted as an ornamental and can be grown as a bonsai specimen[
Central America - southern Mexico north to Arizona.
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics. It can tolerate occasional short-lived frosts with temperatures down to -4°c, so long as the weather is not too wet[
Requires a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant.
An essential oil obtained from the wood is used as a flavouring in baked goods, frozen dairy products, candy, puddings and beverages[
The gum is applied to cure scorpion stings, insect bites, and other wounds. It is yellowish, brown, or almost black, odourless, acrid, and bitter, and is reputed to have expectorant and drastic purgative properties[
An essential oil is obtained from the wood[
]. It has an agreeable, flowery, rose-like odour[
]. It is used as a food flavouring[
A gum obtained from the plant is used as an adhesive for mending broken dishes[
The bark is a source of tannins[
Seed - easy.
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