Monographs Details: Myroxylon balsamum (L.) Harms var. balsamum
Authority: Isely, Duane. 1981. Leguminosae of the United States. III. Subfamily Papilionoideae: tribes Sophoreae, Podalyrieae, Loteae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 25 (3): 1-264.
Family:Fabaceae
Discussion:M. toluiferum A. Rich. (1824). M. balsamum (L.) Harms (1908). Bailey and Bailey (1941), as Myroxylon toluiferum, but reference is probably to var pereirae. No U.S. material seen. Native Panama to n South America. The South American variety yields a gum known in English as Tolu Balsam. It is used medicinally and as a fixative for perfumes.