is a tree in genus Bursera
known by the common name elephant tree
. This tree is native to Mexico and southern California and Arizona in the United States, especially desert regions. It reaches a maximum of four meters in height and is light gray to white, with younger branches a reddish color. The light foliage is made up of long, straight, flat, legume-like leaves which are composed of paired leaflets. It flowers in rounded yellow buds which open into small, star-shaped white or cream flowers. The fruit is a drupe
containing a yellow stone.
According to the Cahuilla indians, the red sap of the Elephant Tree was used as a panacea (general remedy) (Lowell John Bean:1972).