Torchwood Copal
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Torchwood Copal
P Introduced Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Torchwood Copal, Fragrant bursera, Fragrant Elephant Tree
Botanical name: Bursera fagaroides    Family: Burseraceae (Torchwood family)
Synonyms: Bursera odorata, Bursera tenuifolia, Bursera obovata

Torchwood Copal is a shrub or tree growing up to 10 m tall. The trunk is swollen, with peeling red-tinged bark. The leaves are compound, each made up of 5-11 leaflets. The flowers are borne singly or in clusters at the ends of branches and are white, sometimes with a yellow or greenish tint. The gray-brown triangular fruit is about 6 millimeters long and splits open when ripe to release a reddish seed. Torchwood Copal is native to the American continent, grown as a garden plant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Panchkula, Haryana.

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