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Bursera simaruba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Burseraceae
Genus: Bursera
Jacq. ex L.[1]
Type species
Bursera simaruba
(L.) Sarg.

About 100, see text.


Elaphrium Jacq.

Bursera, named after the Danish botanist Joachim Burser (1583-1639), is a genus with about 100 described species[2] of flowering shrubs and trees varying in size up to 25 m (82 ft) high. They are native (often for many species endemic) to the Americas, from the southern United States south through to northern Argentina, in tropical and warm temperate forest habitats.

A number of species from tropical Asia were once included in this genus, but are now treated in the genus Protium.


list sources : [2] [4]

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  1. ^ "Genus: Bursera Jacq. ex L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b Becerra, Judith X.; D. Lawrence Venable (2008). Rees, Mark, ed. "Sources and Sinks of Diversification and Conservation Priorities for the Mexican Tropical Dry Forest". PLoS ONE. 3 (10): e3436. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003436. PMC 2562985Freely accessible. PMID 18927613. no 
  3. ^ Becerra, Judith X.; Noge, Koji (2010). "The Mexican roots of the Indian lavender tree". Acta botanica mexicana. 91: 27–36. 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Bursera". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 

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