Burseraceae

 

Genera: 16 - 20

 

Species: 500 - 600

 

Distribution: Pantropical, with many species in tropical America, NE Africa and Malaysia.

Economic Uses: As a source of valuable timber and as the source of the well known incense and perfume resins- frankincense and myrrh.

Defining Features of Interest: The family has extensive resin canals and abundant resins, features it shares with the Anacardiaceae.

Fossil Evidence: Fossils in the Eocene.