Bursera microphylla A. Gray
The elephant tree is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is related to frankincense and myrrh. Although endangered in the wild, it is popular as a bonsai plant.
Identification: Small tree, 12-15' (3.7-4.6 m) high. Foliage has a pleasant odor reminiscent of orange and pine, leaves are pinnate. Young branches have a purple color, changing to gray or white, and flaky and papery, as they grow.
Bursera microphylla on Tom Chester’s Plant Species of the Borrego Desert
Bursera microphylla at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden Center for Plant Research
Bursera microphylla at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Bursera microphylla on CalPhotos
Bursera microphylla at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Bursera microphylla on Desert-tropicals.com
Bursera microphylla at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Bursera microphylla on Wikipedia
Bursera microphylla description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.