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Family: BurseraceaeView Description 

Habit: Tree [shrub]; generally dioecious or monoecious. Stem: generally erect, < 15 m. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline, generally alternate, deciduous, petioled; leaf axis often winged; hairs dense to 0. Inflorescence: generally panicle or flowers 1. Flower: radial; generally unisexual, disk ring- or cup-shaped; sepals 3--5, generally united below; petals [0--2]3--5; stamens generally 1--2 × number of petals; ovary superior, chambers 2--5, style 0 or 1. Fruit: drupe or capsule; stones 1--5, 1-seeded.
Genera In Family: 18 genera, +- 700 species: worldwide especially tropics; some cultivated (Boswellia, frankincense; Commiphora, myrrh; Bursera, Protium, copal).
eFlora Treatment Author: Duncan M. Porter
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Habit: Tree, aromatic; dioecious. Stem: < 10 m; bark smooth, shedding. Inflorescence: panicle. Flower: petals inserted beneath disk; stamens 10; ovary chambers 2--3. Fruit: drupe-like when young, capsule-like in age, valves [2]3.
Species In Genus: +- 100 species: tropics, subtropical America. Etymology: (Joachim Burser, German physician, botanist, 1583--1639)
Jepson eFlora Author: Duncan M. Porter
Reference: [Porter 1974 Madroño 22:273--276]
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Citation for this treatment: Duncan M. Porter 2012, Bursera, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 15, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 15, 2018.