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Guggulu

Indian Bdellium
Latin name: Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari, Commiphora mukul (Hook. ex Stocks) Engl, Balsamodendron mukul Hook. ex Stocks (Burseraceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Guggulu, Koushika, Devadhupa, Palankasha, Guggul

General information:
Commiphora wightii, with common names Indian bdellium-tree, gugal, guggul, gugul, or Mukul myrrh tree, is a flowering plant in the family Burseraceae. The guggul plant may be found from northern Africa to central Asia, but is most common in northern India. It prefers arid and semi-arid climates and is tolerant of poor soil.

It is a shrub or small tree, reaching a maximum height of 4 m, with thin papery bark. The branches are thorny. The leaves are simple or trifoliate, the leaflets ovate, 1–5 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm broad, irregularly toothed. It is gynodioecious, with some plants bearing bisexual and male flowers, and others with female flowers. The individual flowers are red to pink, with four small petals. The small round fruit are red when ripe.