Myrrh: the many uses of a hostile tree
At Safari Ecology blog, Colin has followed up a fascinating post on why so many trees and shrubs in the African savanna are so thorny with one on a particularly useful thorny tree, myrrh (Commiphora). A bunch of recent studies have borne out the anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of its sap, which has been used to treat infections at least since the ancient Sumerians. Myrrh trees also make good habitat, their berries are an important food source for a number of species, and — well, just read Colin’s post.
Posted on February 17, 2012, in Anthropology and culture, Medicine, Species portraits, Wildlife and tagged Africa, Commiphora, myrrh, Tanzania. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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