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Sonoran Desert Torchwoods

Shrubs or trees with resinous, evergreen leaves. This is the same family to which frankincense, myrrh, and copal belong.

Elephant Tree

Bursera microphylla

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Uncommon tree of rocky slopes in the southern, lower elevation portions of the Sonoran Desert. More common in Baja California, Mexico. Main trunk disproportionately thick with reddish, peeling bark. Detailed Description

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