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Useful Tropical Plants

Bursera penicillata

(DC.) Engl.

Burseraceae

+ Synonyms

Bursera delpechiana Poiss. ex Engl.

Elaphrium penicillatum DC.

Common Name: Torote Copal

Bursera penicillata
Cultivated trees at Hyderabad, India; being grown for their essential oil.
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
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Bursera penicillata Bursera penicillata

General Information

Torote copal is a tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
549
Title
Flore Forestiere Du Globe
Publication
 
Author
Chnacerel L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Gauthier-Villars et Co.; Paris.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, a very detailed work on the timbers of the world. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It exudes a potent fragrance of liquorice (anise); on hot, still days a single tree perfumes the surrounding forest.
The essential oil is harvested from the wild and the tree is also sometimes cultivated in India and Mexico for its essential oil[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern N. America - Mexico.

Habitat

Semi-arid tropical deciduous forest.

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the semi-arid tropics.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood becomes scented when wounded due to the formation of an essential oil[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
An essential oil is obtained from the fruit[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
Both oils are used in perfumery[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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