Frankincense tree recruitment failed over the past half century

M. Tolera Feyissa, U.G.W. Sass, A. Eshete, F. Bongers, F.J. Sterck

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Boswellia papyrifera (Burseraceae) trees grow in dry woodlands south of the Sahara and produce frankincense, the economically important olio-gum resin used for cultural and religious ceremonies throughout the world and as raw material in several industries. Across its distribution area, this species is threatened by farmland expansion, fire, improper tapping and overgrazing. Most of its populations lack saplings and small-sized trees (e.g.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
JournalForest Ecology and Management
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • annual growth rings
  • long-term growth
  • dry-forest trees
  • boswellia-papyrifera
  • pterocarpus-angolensis
  • population-dynamics
  • age-determination
  • acacia-erioloba
  • seed predation
  • tropical trees

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