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Bursera hindsiana (torote prieto, elephant tree) and related species

Bursera hindsiana is less fleshy than other xerophytic Bursera species, which are unquestionably succulent. However, the high water content of this species leads us to conclude that it qualifies as succulent. This is a remarkably huge specimen of the species (see image bottom left for scale).

Cut caudex and stems reveal the succulent tissue. The Bursera hindsiana was 58% water, the B. microphylla 83%.

Photo: John Wiens

Other Bursera species in arid habitats are definitely succulent. This one is a B. microphylla in Baja California.