Brief summary. No one has contributed a brief summary to this page yet. Explore what EOL knows about Bursera grandifolia. Add a brief summary to this page. With large, arcing trunks that branch near the base, this species looks like an enormous rounded shrub. Bursera grandifolia does indeed have very large leaflets. Nat Prod Commun. Nov;4(11) Phenacetin isolated from Bursera grandifolia, a herbal remedy with antipyretic properties. Velázquez F(1).

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The group of Bursera species that are endemic to the islands of the Caribbean appears to be part of the simaruba clade.

The species is found in tropical dry forests of central Mexico. These branches rest on earlier-formed, self-supporting branches, much in the way that a liana would.

It grows in warm, rather moist tropical deciduous forests on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Bursera grandifolia look like to the related Bursera simaruba but is readily distinguished by its unusual bark, fewer, larger, velvety-pubescent leaflets with prominent veins, and ornamental masses of pink to whitish flowers.

Calyces with short, white hairs. Also Guerrero, Colima and southwestern Chihuahua. It is less commonly found in thornscrub where it is a smaller tree. This species is remarkable in the simaruba clade for being the species with the thinnest twigs. It was 8 cm in diameter and 4 meters long! At left are trees from the Caribbean, at Cahuita, and at the Palo Verde research station on the Pacific in the two remaining images.

With age, the branches begin to grow back on themselves, growing around and around within the crown of the tree.

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Phenacetin isolated from Bursera grandifolia, a herbal remedy with antipyretic properties.

Seeds germinate germinate quite easily in days and seedlings develop rapidly. Bark of Bursera grandifolia after peeling.

We visited the type locality of Bursera longicuspis in Chiapas, to birsera that the plants there are individuals of B. Like some other members of the simaruba clade, this species grows in moist canyons in the transition zone between highland pine-oak forest and lowland tropical subdeciduous forest.

Leaflets per leaf, cm long, cm wide, oblong-ovate, broadly elliptic, to obovate, with a caudate tip and entire margins, velvety pubescent on both surfaces, bright green with a velvety sheen above, the veins prominent.

The bark is widely used to brew a refreshing medicinal tea and is said to “give strength. Flowers of Bursera grandifolia at beginning of rainy season.

Bursera grandifolia – Wikipedia

Sepals 5, deltoid, mm long, pubcrulent. The heartwood is white and also lacks the incense of certain other members of the genus. The species is found granvifolia tropical dry forest on the Pacific coast of Mexico. This is the most widespread species of Burseraoccurring from southern Florida and the Caribbean, along both coasts of Mexico to South America.

Mark Dimmitt Branches and flowers of Bursera grandifolia. This photo is from a shady arroyo in the Chamela research station on the coast of Jalisco.

The simaruba clade of Bursera

It grows in dry tropical forest in Guerrero and Oaxaca. Bursera grandifolia Photo by: Cuttings made in summer may form roots and begin vegetative growth within eight weeks.

The inner bark gfandifolia bright red, smooth and often with a powdery bloom glaucous that bursdra be rubbed off and lacks fragrance. The largest individual we have seen, at lower right, is in the parking lot at the Xochicalco archeological site in Morelos state.


We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, grandifoliz are also looking for better pictures than those already present. It is sometimes hard to tell from B. Panicles compact to loose as long as cm, many-flowered. Mark Dimmitt Bark of Bursera grandifolia after peeling. The greenish gray inner bark contrasts strongly with the reddish outermost bark, making this species a striking member of the dry forest flora.

Bursera grandifolia near Alamos.

Bursera simaruba pruned and shaped by salt laden sea breezes just above the beach in Veracruz. Bursera simaruba as a landscape plant in the Comalcalco archaeological site in Tabasco. It grows in slopes and canyons, often in small dispersed stands or as scattered individuals; mainly subtropical and tropical deciduous forest.

The thick trunks, unusual bark, and large leaves make these trees striking elements of the dry tropical forests. Petiole and rachis with short. This Bursera ovalifolia in the forest of the Chamela resarch station in Jalisco is crowned with leaves in the first week of rain of the season.

Pink and white, attractive. It is very hard to tell apart from B. The gum is used for glue and caulk. The photos in the row below are also from the coast of Jalisco and Nayarit, where B. Petals 5, spatulate, mm long glabrous, reflexed at anthesis.