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Useful Tropical Plants

Commiphora berryi

(Arn.) Engl.

Burseraceae

+ Synonyms

Balsamodendrum berryi Arn.

Common Name: Mudgiluvai

Commiphora berryi

General Information

Mudgiluvai is a small, fragrant, much-branched deciduous shrub or tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of gum and medicines. It is often grown as a living fence within its native range[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka.

Habitat

Dry and desert regions[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Dry forests[
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the semi-arid tropics, though it has been shown to grow in much moister climates[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Requires a sunny position and a well drained soil.
When grown in the moister tropics, the spines almost disappear, the leaflets become much larger, and the inflorescence more developed, the whole plant thus putting on a very different look[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Closely allied to the species that yield Myrrh [C. Myrrha), and Balm of Gilead, (C. Gileadensis)[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The fragrant gum resin obtained from the plant is used in traditional medicine as an ingredient in various formulations, where it is used as an astringent, antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, appetite stimulator, uterine stimulant and emmenagogue[
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
].
Research has shown the diuretic activity of a petroleum ether extract of the bark and some of its isolated fractions[
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
].
Antibacterial activity of the leaves has been reported[
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

A spiny plant, it is widely grown as a hedge in southern India[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

A fragrant gum resin, called 'Mulu kilavary', is obtained through incision of the stems[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used as a fixative in perfumery[
543
Title
Pharmacognostical standardization of Commiphora berryi and phytochemical studies on its crude extracts
Publication
 
Author
Selvamani P.; Sen D.J.; Gupta J.K.
Publisher
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Year
2009
ISBN
1996-0816
Description
A microscopic study of the physical structure of Commiphora berryi.
]. It has been recommended as a myrrh substitute[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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