African Plant Database


Boswellia sacra Flueck.
Family : BURSERACEAE
Protologue : Lehrb. Pharmak. 31 (1867)
Information on the genus : Boswellia
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Boswellia bhau-dajiana Birdw.
=Boswellia bhau-dajiana var. serrulata Engl.
=Boswellia carteri var. undulato-crenata Engl.
=Boswellia undulato-crenata (Engl.) Engl. (1931)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 1,5-8 m tall, or shrub branched almost from ground level; bark pale brown with a flaking papery outer layer over a thick reddish-brown resiniferous layer; base of trunk sometimes ± swollen.
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Ecology : Rocky slopes and gullies on limestone; often on cliffs or large boulders; 5-1230 m alt.
  According Thulin in Socotra resembling B. bullata.
  The gum resin constitutes the most valued frankincense and is a major export commodity from Somalia. Different types and qualities of gum exist. Sometimes cultivated at home by bonsai-lovers.
  Probably in Ethiopia (occurs just east of the border in N Harerge); Yemen (Hadramaut), Oman (Dhofar).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 189 (2006).
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
 
Map
carte afrique num 7740
 
Record n°7740 modified 2009-05-19
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