Protium (plant)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Protium heptaphyllum.jpg
Protium heptaphyllum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Burseraceae
Tribe: Protieae
Genus: Protium

Over 140, see text

Protium is a genus of more than 140 species of flowering plants in the family Burseraceae. It is native to the Neotropics (where more than 100 species occur), Madagascar, New Guinea, and southern Asia from Pakistan east to Vietnam. The genus was for some time included in Bursera, but is distinct, being most closely related to Crepidospermum and Tetragastris.

The species are usually small or medium-sized trees, but some can be large, up to 35 m (115 ft) tall. In their native range, some species are grown for timber, used as firewood, as medicinal plants, for their fruit, or in other cultural contexts.

Selected species[edit]