African Plant Database

Boswellia papyrifera (Delile) Hochst.
Protologue : Flora 26: 81 (1843)
Information on the genus : Boswellia
Basionym : Amyris papyrifera Delile
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amyris papyrifera Delile
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Boswellia chariensis Guillaumin (1908)
=Boswellia occidentalis Engl. (1911)
=Boswellia odorata Hutch. (1910) p.p. (inflorescence)
=Ploesslea floribunda Endl.
=Boswellia floribunda (Endl.) Royle (1847)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 4-12 m; bole clear for 2-3 m, 0,5 m Ø at breast height; crown spreading, open; bark smooth, pale, peeling in wide strips
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Ecology : Stony hillsides, often dominant forming pure stands; sandy valleys; dry, rocky or ± shallow soils; on granite; dry Acacia, Commiphora woodland and wooded grassland; 400-1830 m alt.
  Also planted; propagation from seeds and cuttings.The chief gum resin producing tree in Ethiopia, where little effort has been done to domesticate it. It seems to be in critical condition.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 242
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 550

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa Burseraceae: 5 (1991)
  • KLOPPER R.R., CHATELAIN C,. & AL. (2006). Checklist Flowering Plants of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sabonet report 42 : 189

Bibliography other :
  • Symb. Bot. Upsal. 39: 36 (2020)
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