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Bursera Jacq. ex L.

Trees. Leaves uni-or bipinnate, rarely unifoliolate; leaflets petiolulate, obtuse or retuse, entire or serrate. Inflorescence a panicle. Flowers small, bisexual or unisexual. Sepals 3 - 6, connate at base, imbricate. Petals 3 - 6, oblong-ovate, often much longer than sepals, reflexed or spreading, valvate. Stamens 6 - 12, free; anthers oblong-ovate. Disk annular, crenate. Ovary sessile, ovoid-subglobose, 3 - 5-locular; ovules 2 in each locule; style short or absent; stigmas 3 - 5, obtuse. Drupes globose or slightly oblong, Pyrenes 3 - 5, 1-seeded; cotyledons foliaceous.

Mostly in tropical America, ca 80 species; one species in India.

Literature. ENGLER, A. (1931). In: ENGLER, A. & K. PRANTL, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 19a: 423. BULLOCK, A.A. (1936). Contributions to the flora of Tropical America: XXVII. Notes on the Mexican species of the genus Bursera. Bull. Misc. Inform. 1936: 346 - 387.

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