copal Burseraceae Bursera
hindsiana (Benth.) Engler
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, serrate, to 2 inches, occasionally trifoliate, aromatic when crushed.
Flower: Small, inconspicuous, borne in late fall.
Fruit: Yellow to reddish brown, egg-shaped, 1/2 inch long, splitting into 3 pieces at maturity.
Twig: Resinous, moderate, reddish brown.
Bark: Tight and smooth, shiny reddish brown to gray-brown.
Form: A small wide-spreading tree, to 10 or 12 feet.
Looks like: fragrant bursera
- elephant tree
- torote blanco
| Additional Range Information:
Bursera hindsiana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting copal.
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson