Photographed while camping near Cono Roho in the Pinacate Desert.
elephant tree; Inkopah Mountains of Southern California; one of very few specimens in the vicinity, elevation appx. 2000'.
Bursera microphylla belongs to the family Burseraceae in the order Sapindales. Bursera microphylla, known by the common name elephant tree in English or 'torote' in Spanish, is a tree in genus Bursera. It grows into a distinctive sculptural form, with a thickened, water-storing or caudiciform trunk. It is narrowly distributed in the United States in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park region.