Alinsago in a hard, semi-translucent off-white resin obtained from tropical coniferous mountain giants. The trees are often thought of as the redwoods of the Philippines. The resin is commonly exported from Manila where it is known as Manila Copal. The resin is commonly employed as a incense in native religious ceremonies as well as being used as a mosquito repellant. The light & refreshing nature of Alinsago makes it an excellent household cleaning incense.
The resin performs excellently when smoldered upon hot charcoal. The resin melts and evaporates without leaving any harsh residue. The aroma is light & dry with hints of black pepper and citrus. It could be considered to have very subdued elemi characteristics. Alinsago works well as a stand alone incense. Indirect heating of the resin works decently, however it readily melts and may become messy if not contained.
Outside of incense production, the resin finds use in medicine and various commercial products. Traditionally, inhaling smoke from the smoldered resin is thought to alleviate asthma. For arthritis, warmed pliable resin is spread onto a cloth and wrapped around the afflicted area. Other traditional uses for Alinsago resin included starting fires, making torches, and caulking boats. In commercial industry, the resin is employed in the production of varnishes, soap, sealing wax and patent leather.
Current species revisions are pending. It appears that the species name "philippinensis" may be reverting to "alba". More information when available.
Originally described by:
Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883-1970)
Agathis alba Agathis regia Podocarpus philippeanus
Note: Agathis philippinensis is widely confused with Agathis dammara. Some sources indeed list is as a synonym of A. dammara. The Plant List currently lists the taxonomic name as unresolved. We will keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.
Agathis philippinensis is found throughout the upland tropical rainforests of Austronesia and is especially prevalent in the Philippines, Sulawesi and Halmahera.
Also cultivated in Australasia & Melanesia.
NOTE: Due to the fact that taxonomists have called this species Agathis dammara in the past, some common names apply to both species.
Common English: Copal, Dammar, Kauri, Manila Copal, Philippines Agathis, Sulawesi Agathis, White Dammar
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