• Bursera simaruba
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Bursera simaruba

carate, cholo pelao, indio desnudo

Family

Burseraceae

Native to

native to Panamá

Type

tree

Height

medium (5 - 20 m/16 - 65 ft)

Height (m)

5 - 20

Speed of Growth

fast

Deciduous/Evergreen

deciduous

Flower Color

green, light yellow

Flowering Time

March, April, May

Fruiting Time

August, September

Difficult Conditions Tolerated

Degraded Soil, Seashore

Sun/Shade Required To Establish

sun

Edible / Medicinal

Medicinal

Other Uses

charcoal, firewood, live fence

Wildlife Attracted

bees, birds, insects, monkeys

Reforestation Type

ecological restoration

Successional Type

early successional, mid successional

Ecosystem Services

erosion control, habitat, pioneer species

Ease of Propagation

easy

Tips for Cultivation

Low germination rate (38%). The sapling requires about 3 months in the nursery to reach a size suitable to be transplanted onto the field.

Precautions

Weak branches.