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Boswellia sacra

Frankincense tree; Source: V.Easy     Frankincense is the aromatic gum of the Boswellia sacra, a tree growing in the Horn of Africa and in Arabia, a region called Punt by the Egyptians. It was widely used in religious ceremonies and magic spells, and played some part in medicine as well.
    Hatshepsut had a number of trees imported and planted them in Thebes. This transplantation was unsuccessful in the long run.
 

 
 
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