Elephant Tree, Torote Colorado
Burseraceae, Torchwood Family
Tree, shrub; sarcocaulescent
Southeastern California, southern Arizona, Baja California, west-central Sonora, Mexico
Rocky plains and slopes; Creosote Bush Scrub
Living Desert Location
Vizcaino Garden, Foothills of Sonora Garden, Yuman Garden, Wortz Demonstration Garden, Ethnobotanic Garden
As a member of the Torchwood family, or Burseraceae, which includes the plants that produce the famous Frankincense and Myrrh, the elephant tree also contains highly aromatic sap that has some history of use by man. It is reported that material from Bursera micophylla has been used for fuel, shampoo, medicine and paint.