Amyris balsamifera is an aromatic, medium-sized tree standing 16 to 43 feet (5 to 13 meters) tall. It is bushy in nature and produces a white flower. Amyris oil is obtained by steam distillation of the wood from this tree, belonging to the Rue family.
Some people refer to it as candle wood, because the wood contains such a high level of oil, that it is said to burn like a candle. It is also known as the west Indian Sandalwood and the Poor Man's Sandalwood.
Its aromatic properties finds its purpose in the fragrance and cosmetic industry.