Boswellia Serrata a plant belonging to the family Burseraceae is a moderate and sometimes large sized deciduous tree.
The tree has drooping branches and a beautiful spreading crown. The short bole is around three to five cm in height.
Generally the height of a boswellia serrata tree is around nine to fifteen meters with graying green thin bark , sometimes it could be reddish in color.
Leaves and Flowers
The leaves of the tree are ex-stipulate, imparipinnate with a length of around 20 to 45 cm.
Leaflets size is around 17 to 30 cm and the flowers of boswellia serrata are white in color which are crowded towards the end of the branches.
Oleo Gum Resin
The trunk of the tree yields ole gum resin which is sourced by an incision in the trunk.
It takes around 8 years for the bark to yield gum of acceptable standard.
One boswellia serrata tree can produce about one to one and half kg of gum yearly.