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Gumbo Limbo Tree

Bursera simaruba


Locally this tree is also known as a Chacah. This tree reaches a height of 30 m, and has a diameter of one meter or less at 1.5 meters. Its leaves are in the forest canopy. Therefore is is best recognized by its shiny dark red bark. Gumbo-limbo bark is also considered an antidote for the caustic irritation caused by the Black Poisonwood.


It is one of the most common of trees found in the forests of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is found in the area with the Black Poisonwood.


Picture taken at a distance because the tree was close to nearby Black Poisonwoods.

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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 14, 2014
Submitted on Mar 20, 2014

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