Not surprising, but this was found on the aptly named Elephant Trees Trail.
Seen growing along a dry wash at a time with no water flow present. Seen along Elephant Tree Trail in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
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.