Common Name: African Elemi
African elemi is a small evergreen tree growing up to 8 metres tall, though usually smaller.
The plant has a very long history of human use, with evidence to show it being employed by the ancient Egyptians over 3,500 years ago[
]. It is often cultivated and harvested from the wild for its aromatic resin[
Northeastern Africa - Somalia.
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A resin is obtained from the stem[
]. It is considered to be a superior form of frankincense[
]. Most resin is obtained by making deliberate incisions into the bark of the tree. The milky liquid that exudes hardens on exposure to air into droplets or 'tears' which are then easily detached by the collector. Occasionally, some tears are produced by accidental injury or from splits which occur in the stems or branches of the tree.
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