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Bucida buceras is a tree in the Combretaceae family. It is known by a variety of names in English, including bullet tree, black olive tree, gregorywood (or gregory wood), Antigua whitewood, and oxhorn bucida.[1] It is native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.[2] It is commonly found in coastal swamps and wet inland forests.[3]

Bucida buceras
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Bucida
B. buceras
Binomial name
Bucida buceras
  • Terminalia buceras C. Wright
Bucida buceras leaves

The wood of the bullet tree is extremely hard and durable. It has a high resistance to insects and fungi, and is sometimes used for house posts or bridge timbers. The bark may be used for tanning leather.[3]


  1. ^ Grandtner, Miroslav M. (2005). Elsevier's Dictionary of Trees: Volume 1. Amsterdam: Elsevier. p. 121. ISBN 0444517847.
  2. ^ "Species Information: Bucida buceras". AgroForestryTree Database. International Center for Research in Agroforestry. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Harris, Kate (2009). Trees of Belize. Belize: Bay Cedar Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 9780992758202.