Burseras fagaroides--Elephant Tree Frankincense
The Elephant Tree is a member of the Torchwood Family, whose scientific name of Burseraceae comes from the genus name. Frankincense and myrrh are in the same family. Humans used the Elephant Tree in America in the same way as frankincense and myrrh were used in the Middle East, in sacred and medicinal roles.
There are about 50 species of Burseras in the world. The dried sap of some of the species is sold as Frankincense. Bursera fagaroides develops a swollen trunk, and can be a spectacular specimen. It is one of the most common Burseras of Mexico, and is probably one of the most common in the trade, which does not mean that it is frequently encountered. They are easily trained as a bonsai.
The Bursera fagaroides is protected in Arizona.
Live plants, including cactus can not be shipped outside of the USA.