Boswellia papyrifera Hochst.

  • Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
Creator role(s):
  • Creator
  • Boswellia papyrifera Hochst., Olibanum, Somalia, F
    Creator: Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
    (c) Field Museum of Natural History
    Description: Boswellia papyrifera Hochst., Olibanum, Somalia, F
Current Determination: Boswellia papyrifera Hochst.
Family: Burseraceae

Description: Large tears of this historic gum mentioned in Biblical references as Frankincense. The gum issues from wounds in the trunk of a peculiar tree that grows from the bare face of rocks without the aid of soil or even a fissure. The gum is principally employed as church incense on account of its fragrant balsamic odor.
Catalog Subset: Economic Botany
EMu IRN: 47666
OccurenceID: a3b6494c-f5d7-40ca-ae08-4627d7a7e502

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