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.