Okouméis a semi-hard and dry resin often in shades of gray and quite similar in appearance to Breuzinho. This evergreen tree is the only known species of the genus Aucoumea. The resin is an important local source of incense when frankincense is not available.
The resin produces an very pleasant scent when placed upon a hot charcoal and may be readily smoldered alone. The resin mostly evaporates, leaving but a small amount of residue behind. The aroma is sweet and clear, though a bit chalky like other "gray resins" such as the Protiums. The aromatic notes are similar to Breuzinho with a bit of Palo Santo and appear to have a hint of vanilla. Though Okoumé works quite well using the charcoal method, an optimal pure aroma is best produced by heating the resin through indirect methods.
Outside of incense production, the resin finds extensive use in cosmetics, especially in skin care and nail products. The patenting of Okoumé resin by western cosmetic corporations has been at the detriment of the native people. Traditionally, the people of Gabon and neighboring territories use the resin in skincare applications, as well a medicinally for treating wounds and abscesses. It is thought that the resin may be used in the disinfecting of water. The resin is also traditionally used as a combustible source in torches and lamps. The timber is a major export of Gabon, being sure for extensive construction work, especially in interior decorative carpentry, boat building and airplane building.
We are unaware of any other synonyms at this time.
Originally described by:
Jean Baptiste Louis Pierre(1833-1905)
A. klaineana is found throughout western Equatorial Africa, especially the Gabonese Republic. The trees thrive in the moist tropics, preferring sunny lowland forests. These fast growing evergreens are often considered pioneers for establishing woodlands in cleared savannahs.
Endemic to Equatorial Africa, including: Equatorial Guinea, Gabonese Republic, Republic of Congo & Cameroon.
The species has also been introduced to: Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, French Guiana, Indonesia, Malaysia & Surinam.
Also cultivated to some degree in Gabon.
Common English: Gabon Mahogany, Gaboon, Okumie, Samara
Latin tongues: French: Okoumé
Slavic tongues: Polish: Ocumé
Turkic tongues: Turkish:Gabon maunu
Uralic tongues: Finnish: Gabonpuu, Gaboninmahonki
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