Bursera simaruba Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
West Indian-birch

Bursera simaruba, commonly known as gumbo-limbo, copperwood, and chaca, is a tree species in the family Burseraceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas from the southeasternmost United States south through Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and Venezuela. An example habitat of occurrence is in the Petenes mangroves ecoregion of the Yucatán, where it is a subdominant plant species to mangroves.

Bursera simaruba

Medical use

Economic importance of Bursera simaruba

Environmental boundary/barier/suport ornamental
Fuels fuelwod
Materials gum/resin
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Mexico
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominica; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Guyana; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil - Amazonas, Roraima
    • Western South America: Colombia

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Resin Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]