Description: Bursera schlechtendalii produces terpenes stored under pressure in networks of canals that run throughout the cortex of stem and in the leaves. When a leaf is broken, it releases abundant resins, which may bathe the leaf surface and often form a squirt that travels for up to 150 cm. Plants vary in the proportion of their leaves that release resins after damage. Larvae of the chrysomelid genus Blepharida can inflict substantial damage to plants because they avoid the squirt response by cutting the leaf veins before consuming the leaves. Nevertheless, resins still protect plants against this insect.
Accession # 201400247
Source: Rob Nicholson - Smith College
Provenance: ex hort. Smith #2013-47 ex Monaco Index Seminum 2013 #47.
Accession Date: 12-05-2014
Bench: 2213 - XER:Sonoran-Baja Deserts
Qty: 1 confirmed on 10-27-2016
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