elephant tree Burseraceae Bursera microphylla
Leaf:Alternate, pinnate, drought deciduous, 11-21 ovate to lanceolate, entire, 1/4 inch long leaflets per leaf, 1 to 1 1/2 inches overall, with a camphor-like odor.
Flower:Small, creamy white, borne on long stalks, usually clustered in 3's, midsummer.
Fruit:Reddish brown, maturing late fall, 1/3 inch long, splitting into 3 pieces at maturity.
Twig:Resinous and stout, reddish brown.
Bark:Tight and smooth, very attractive, outer layer pale creamy white to gray-brown, peeling to reveal gray-green (photosynthetic), innermost bark reddish, spouting resin when cut.
Form:A shrub or small tree, to 16 feet, widespreading, with a very short, thick, trunk.