Indian frankincense tree, Indian olibanum tree, salai tree • Gujarati: સાલેડી saaledi, સલાઈ ગૂગળ salaai gugul • Hindi: शल्लकी shallaki • Kannada: ಗುಗ್ಗುಳ ಮರ guggula mara • Malayalam: കുങ്ങില്യം kungilyam • Marathi: धुपाळी dhupali, धूपसाळी dhupasali, कुरुंद kurunda, सालफळी salaphali, साळई salai, साळी sali • Oriya: salai • Pali: सल्लकी sallaki • Punjabi: ਸਾਲ੍ਹੇ salhe, ਸਾਲਹੀ salhi • Sanskrit: भीषण bhishan, गुग्गुल guggula, हस्तिनशना hastinashana, पालंक palank, पार्वती parvati, ऱ्हादिनी hradini, कुरुन्द kurunda, सल्लकी sallaki, शल्लकी shallaki, स्रुवा sruva • Tamil: குமஞ்சம் kumancam, குங்கிலியம் kunkiliyam, மரத்துவெள்ளை marattu-vellai, பறங்கிச்சாம்பிராணி paranki-c-campi-rani, வெள்ளிக்கீரை vellai-k-kirai • Telugu: గుగ్గిలము guggilamu, పరంగిసాంబ్రాణిచెట్టు parangi-sambrani-chettu, సల్లకి sallaki; 


Flora of Jamwa ramgarh Sanctury,Jaipur,Rajastan-2: Hindi name सालर
Scientific Name Boswellia serrata
Family Bursaraceae
Photo taken 12.3.2009
At- Jamwa ramgarh Sanctury, Jaipur, Rajastan, India
Description blooming leafless condition


Tree for Id- from Pune: Wild tree photographed at Vetal Tekdi, Pune on 21 st Aprl,12.
It was a fairly large tree of appx height- 30- 35 feet.
There were no leaves but only fruits.
Bark was yellowish brown and peeling type.

It is Boswellia serrata in fruiting stage. The classic peeling bark.
Family : Burseraceae


ID request-030512-PKA2:

I had seen this big tree at Nagpur. Tree was leaf less. I do not have much inputs to share, any guess pl …..
Date/Time: 03-05-2012 / 07:40AM
Location: Ambazari, Nagpur
Habitat: Wild

Looks like Boswellia serrata.
These are the highly dried pods/seeds


ID No. MS 051112 -107 – Tree ID requested;
Attaching herewith the photographs of a tree with papery bark and imparipinnately compound leaves. Photos were taken near a temple in Mysore in Karnataka on 3.11.12. ID requested.

Looks like Boswellia serrata

Most of the characters match with Boswellia serrata Roxb. ex Colebr. of Burseraceae.
… can check the tree for its resinous bark.

image for confirmation and validation : 2 images.  2 posts by 2 authors.
sending image of Boswellia serrata for confirmation and validation, …

Yes quite likely.
Attaching one of my pictures of Boswellia serrata flowers for comparison.


Boswellia serrata :  Attachments (2). 5 posts by 5 authors.

Boswellia serrata
Mar. name: Salai
At Shivneri fort,Junnar
22 Dec,2013

Nice set of photographs. Thanks … for sharing..

The plant extract is a cure for pain in the tail bone.

Boswellia serrata from Haryana Siwaliks- NS April 01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

This tree is getting scarce in lower hillocks of Siwaliks, a part of which runs through Haryana, present shots were recorded from near Morni Hills..
I was not having its closer view (in fact, no picture yet)..only a few individuals found growing in dry and barren tracts of this area, but getting closer for flowers was really tough, I had to bring down some twigs..
Still happy to get a closer look of flowers..sharing with you..
Boswellia serrata..  

Very good pictures!

first time to see flowers of Boswellia serrata. thanks you for these nice pictures

Thanks …, in fact I’ve  also seen the flowers closely for the first time..

TSP-JAN2016-05-05: Images of Boswellia serrata (Burseracea) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Boswellia serrata (Burseraceae 

Habit: A deciduous tree 

Habitat: Dry deciduous forest 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1100 msl 

Date: 06-03-2015 and 25-11-2015

PKA-Feb2016-01- Boswellia serrata from Nagpur : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)

Boswellia serrata was flowering and fruiting at Nagpur near a lake side. Sharing pics of the same.
Date/Time: 20-02-2016 / 07:30AM
Family: Burseraceae
Habitat: Not sure… could be Wild?
Plant habit: Tree, 5 to 6 m tall, bark papery..
Plant was leaf less when photographed..

Wonderful capture, …

11 Jan 2008 at Vetal Tekdi, Pune, Maharashtra; nearly over in Pune- 30/1/08; On 15/2/09 in Kinnarsani WS, A.P.; from Tirupathi hills- Oct.’09?; February 28, 2010 at 10.29am IST: Shivneri Fort, Junnar, Maharashtra; Patalpani waterfall, Village: Patalpani Tehsil: Mhow District: Indore, State: Madhya Pradesh;
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Tree for ID : Nasik : 10JAN22 : AK – 18: 4 images.
Small trees seen at the base of Borgad.
I was given to understand these are very good as a medicine against cough.
Will take better images during my next visit.


Boswellia serrata

This tree is well known to me.
I have seen it in Muscat and around Oman a number of times.
Yet, I could not guess.

Sorry, the ones in Oman are probably Boswellia sacra and not these.
I had seen these in the Zarwani Forest in Gujarat a couple of years ago.

I was lucky to see the flowers during the last week of January this year.
5 images.


id please: Western Ghat, Tamhini area, Blooming now: 1 image.

Pl id this flower from western ghat, Tamhini area blooming now (25.1.22).
Sorry no other pic.
The sender said its a tree with around 15 feet total height.

Leaf, habitat images and elevation please.

Boswellia serrata Roxb. [Burseraceae].



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