Bursera graveolens is a famous wild tree native to South America. It grows in tropical conditions and is prized for its aromatic resin and oil. The species belongs to the Burseraceae family. It is used in ritual processes, massages, and traditional medicine; in particular, it helps with rheumatism, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and stomach pains. It is interesting that Palo Santo wood is used to create beer barrels in European countries.
Bursera graveolens are easily identified by their aroma, reminiscent of burnt sugar or roasted fruit. The tree is branchy and leafless for most of the year, but green-blue leaves with sharp edges appear during the rainy season.
Flowers are formed in inflorescences in the spring, with a green color that varies with the illumination level. The yellow and red fruits appear mid-summer, have a bitter-sweet taste and black seeds and are not edible for humans.