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Indian Olibanum - Plant

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Indian Olibanum, Indian frankincense,Boswellia carteri, Boswellia undulato crenata
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Frankincense, an oily gum resin from the tree Boswellia sacra and related species, is named in the Bible as one the three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men . It has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures.

Common name: Indian Olibanum, Indian frankincense,Boswellia carteri, Boswellia undulato crenata
Bloom time: January.
Height: 275-900 m
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Indian Olibanum is a deciduous tree endemic to India and has been recorded on dry hills and slopes, on gravelly soils between an altitude range of 275-900 m. It is a medium sized tree, 3-5 m tall, with ash coloured papery bark.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: medium

Temprature: 10C to 14C

Fertilizer: Organic

Care:
  • flowers are borne in axillary racemes up to 10 cm long, crowded together at the end of the branches.
  • Each flower has five, spreading, yellow-white petals, ten stamens (male organs) and an ovary surrounded by a fleshy disc.
  • The fruit is a 3-5 angled capsule of 8-12 mm, which opens by 3-5 valves.


Special Feature:
Medicinal plants Indian Olibanum, Indian frankincense, Salai tree or Shallaki or Kundur, Luban or Olibanum, kungilyam is botanically named Boswellia serrata.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Extracts of Indian Olibanum have been clinically studied for osteoarthritis and joint function, particularly for osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • A Boswellia extract marketed under the name Wokvel has undergone human efficacy, comparative, pharmacokinetic studies.
  • Indian Olibanum is used in the manufacture of the supposed anti-wrinkle agent "Boswelox", which has been criticised as being ineffective.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
  • Its generally kep outdoor


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor / physian befor use.

Reference:
http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/boswellia-sacra-frankincense http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Indian%20Olibanum.html
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