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Research and Conservation in Southern Sonora, Mexico

Bursera laxiflora (torote prieto, torote papelío)

In TDF a tree to 32 feet (10 m) with a sometimes massive trunk, smaller in thornscrub and desert communities. Its smooth charcoal bark does not exfoliate; the wood emits a pleasing aroma familiar in the genus. In the dry season the burnt red hue of its slender outer branches stand out. Unlike other TDF Bursera , torote prieto responds to significant rains in any season with a proliferation of petite, lobed leaves on its spreading branches.


near Alamos, Sonora. Photo: Mark Dimmitt

near Hermosillo, Sonora. Photo: T.R. Van Devender


Sierra de Mazatán, Sonora. Photo: Cory Martin