Boswellia socotrana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Boswellia socotrana
Species Authority: Balf. f.
Lannea aspleniifolia (Balf.f.) Engl.
Taxonomic Notes: Synonym = Lannea aspleniifolia (Balf.f.) Engl.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Miller, A.
Reviewer(s): Abuzinada, A.H. & AL-Eisawi, D.M.H. (Arabian Plants Red List Authority)
A rare species, with a very limited area of occupancy; several populations show no sign of regeneration suggesting a decline in the quality of habitat.
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Socotra.
Yemen (Socotra)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Widely distributed in dry, semi-deciduous woodland, and less commonly in Croton socotranus shrubland. Altitude of 50–600 m.

A ground-dwelling tree, readily distinguished from all other boswellias on the island by the leaves which have winged stalks and numerous, small leaflets and the inconspicuous pale yellow flowers which are borne in short, sparse panicles.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Some Boswellia species are exploited for the resin but none at a commercial level.

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Boswellia socotrana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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