Ogaden Frankincense is a hard, dark brown resin obtained from the Boswellia genus. The resin is one of the most important local sources of incense in southern Ethiopia. Historically not as common in the Frankincense trade, Ogaden Frankincense has recently been gaining popularity with incense and aromatherapy enthusiasts throughout the west.
This incense smolders in the similar style of many other frankincense resins when placed upon a hot charcoal. The resin releases most of the essential oils first and then chars towards the latter half, making it important to remove the black lump from the coal during the burning cycle. We call this the "char-coaled marshmallow" effect. The aroma produced by Ogaden Frankincense resin is quite sweet, with a somewhat medicinal aroma and what appears to be just a hint of Valerian oil. In some ways, it reminds us of the resin produces by Protium species such as Breuzinho and Peruvian Copal. That being said, it is definitely still in the Frankincense family. When smoldering upon charcoal, the smoke produced is less husky than B. neglecta, but more not as clear as the more common Frankincense resins from B. sacra and B. papyrifera. This remarkable resin produces an exceptional pleasing and sweet aroma when heated indirectly.
Currently, there is little information about Boswellia rivae commonly available. The resin has been known to be chewed locally as a gum in Somalia. The essential oil has been gaining popularity are both an aromatic and functional ingredient in salves and cremes in the cosmetic industry. Like other Boswellia species, B. rivae is thought to be especially useful in helping ease arthritis.
Kingdom: Group: Family: Genus: Species:
Plantae Angiosperms Burseraceae Boswellia rivae
We are currently not aware of any additional binomial terms for Boswellia rivae.
Originally described by:
Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler(1844-1930)
Boswellia rivae is mainly found in the hot and dry Kolla
zone in southern Ethiopia where it prefers the rocky Acacia scrub lands.
The main source
of resin originates from the Bale, Hararghe and Sidamo regions with some
originating from the Gamo Gofa region to a lesser extent.
Common English Incense Tree, Black Incense, Ogaden Frankincense, Sweet
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