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Bursera microphylla baby

Bursera microphylla baby

This young Bursera microphylla, is called the Torote Colorado or the Elephant Tree. It should not be confused with Pachycormus discolor (see picture later in group) which has large simple leaves and also shares the common name of The Elephant Tree. Like the Pachycormus discolor, the plant will eventually develop into a handsome tree with a pale white trunk. Bursera microphylla has aromatic leaves, similar to other family members which include the trees that are used to produce frankincense and myrrh. Photo copyright Mimi Andersen 2002.