Bursera Fagaroides


Amyris fagaroides
Amyris ventricosa
Bursera covillei
Bursera fagaroides f. bourgeauana
Bursera fagaroides f. crenulata
Bursera fagaroides f. elliptica
Bursera fagaroides var. elongata
Bursera fagaroides var. fagaroides
Bursera fagaroides var. purpusii
Bursera fagaroides f. ramosissima
Bursera inaguensis
Bursera lonchophylla
Bursera obovata
Bursera odorata
Bursera purpusii
Bursera schaffneri
Bursera tenuifolia
Commiphora inaguensis
Elaphrium covillei
Elaphrium fagaroides
Elaphrium inaguense
Elaphrium lonchophyllum
Elaphrium obovatum
Elaphrium odoratum
Elaphrium purpusii
Elaphrium schaffneri
Elaphrium tenuifolium
Terebinthus fagaroides
Terebinthus inaguensis
Terebinthus odorata
Terebinthus schaffneri
Terebinthus tenuifolia


Bursera Fagaroides is native of western Mexico, where it grows mainly in the Sonoran deserts, but it’s also widespread in Southern Arizona. It prefers dry limestone cliffs.


Bursera Fagaroides is a pretty shrub from Mexico. It’s also called “Elephant tree” because of its swollen, “pachycauled” trunk which take the form of an elephant paw, also for its smooth, flaky bark which can turn into different colors: reddish brown, yellow, greyish-green. New little branches are resinous and flexible. It’s small aromatic tree: it can become 3-10 meters tall. Its leaves are scented, and composed: this means that each leaf is actually a twig of leaves and the axillary bud which is located usually at the base of each leaf here is at the base of the group of leaves. Flowers are tiny, white: they develop at the top of a long stem.


Bursera Fagaroides comes from a region with a long dry season, so it’s a drought resistant shrub. It has a dormant period in winter and a growth season in summer: so avoid watering in winter and water regularly in summer. It needs full sun. Use a well draining cactus potting mix as a substrate.


Propagation is made by seeds. Germination should be easy, and it occurs in 4-14 days in warm weather. Cuttings are possible if made during summer.


Burseras owe their genus name to the 17th-century Danish botanist Joachim Burser.

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