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Burseraceae -- Bursera family

    Ariel E. Lugo and Frank H. Wadsworth

    Tabonuco (Dacryodes excelsa), also known as gommier and  candlewood, is the dominant large tree of the native forests that  formerly covered the northern lower and middle slopes of the  mountains of Puerto Rico. It is distinguished by broad low  buttresses, a columnar bole, smooth gray bark, and pinnately  compound leaves with five to seven fragrant, dark-green leaflets.  When wounded, the tree exudes a clear, fragrant inflammable resin  that hardens and turns white on exposure.


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Ariel E. Lugo

Source: Silvics of North America

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