Gustav Adolf Engler, 1883
||India, Sri Lanka
Mango, Kiluvai, Pachaikiluvai, Green Commiphora
caudatum, Wight & Arn
Balsamea caudata, Engl.
Balsamodendrum caudatum, Marchand
Commiphora caudata var. pubescens, K.M.Matthew.
This member of the Burseraceae
family was given this name by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1883. It is found in India:
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and in Sir Lanka,
growing in-between 750 and 1100 meters altitude. It grow mostly in
gravely soil, receiving some water in summer and none in winter and
full sun. The stem can grow to 15-25 centimetres in diameter and
12-20 meters high. The flowers are greenish yellow.
The genera name from Greek
kommi; 'gum' and Greek -phoros; 'carrying' for the
balsam-like scented resin. The species name means 'tailed, with
The trees I have seen on Sri
Lanka tend to be rather skinny by age; Bihrmann