In 2019, a major Instagram account spread the word that the Santo tree had fallen “endangered,” and fewer than 250 mature mature trees remained in the wild.
Is this really so and are the lovers of incense Palo Santo involved in this tragedy? Let's figure it out!
Common name for three types of trees
The confusion is caused by the fact that Palo Santo (sacred tree) is a common name for three different trees: Bulnesia Sarmientoi, Guaiacum sanctum, Bursera Graveolens
- Bulnesia sarmientoi
endangered Guaiacum sanctum
endangered Bursera graveolens
the variety, the most common and the one that is suitable for fumigation, is NOT listed as an endangered or endangered tree by any world academic organization. On the territory of one of the growing countries (Peru), due to uncontrolled deforestation, the local government took control of the tree turnover, on the basis of a decree in which this tree was included as "in critical danger" (for Peru).
A species of trees growing in part of the Gran Chaco region of South America at the junction of the Argentine, Bolivian and Paraguayan borders. Usually this tree is called palo santo (Spanish palo santo - holy tree), in some places it is called ibiocaí (Spanish ibiocaí).
One of two types of trees that produce Baccout wood (Lignum Vitae). Originally from America. Another species is Guaiacum officinale. Endangered. "Sanctum" (translated from Lat.) - sacred.