Balsamodendrum berryi Arn.
Common Name: Mudgiluvai
Mudgiluvai is a small, fragrant, much-branched deciduous shrub or tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall[
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[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka.
Dry and desert regions[
]. Dry forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the semi-arid tropics, though it has been shown to grow in much moister climates[
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[
Closely allied to the species that yield Myrrh [C. Myrrha), and Balm of Gilead, (C. Gileadensis)[
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[
Research has shown the diuretic activity of a petroleum ether extract of the bark and some of its isolated fractions[
Antibacterial activity of the leaves has been reported[
A spiny plant, it is widely grown as a hedge in southern India[
A fragrant gum resin, called 'Mulu kilavary', is obtained through incision of the stems[
]. It is used as a fixative in perfumery[
]. It has been recommended as a myrrh substitute[
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