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Copals in Mexico

Copal santo (Bursera copallifera)

This species gave the name to the whole widely distributed group. The copal santo is distributed in the tropical dry forests north and south of the Neovolcanic axis. These landscapes are currently dominated by the annual and seasonal crops that have replaced the dry forests.

Since pre-Hispanic times, the main productive region of copal santo has been the Mixteca. The resin of this species is very heavy and is among the most sought after.


Ilustración: Rafael Ruíz
Información geográfica: Claudia Aguilar
Diseño: Rosalba Becerra

It is also known as copal de penca or blanco. In Morelos, its bark is boiled and the water drunk to treat internal injuries and to relieve and clean the bronchial tubes.

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