Commiphora wightii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Commiphora wightii
Species Authority: (Arn.) Bhandari
Balsamodendrum wightii Arn.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): CAMP Workshops on Medicinal Plants, India (January 1997)
1997 Vulnerable (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: A small tree occurring in dry zones from the Deccan and west India to the north-west and Karachi, Sind and Balochistan in Pakistan.
India (Gujarat, Rajasthan); Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: The unsustainable exploitation of the gum has caused declines, particularly in the southern populations. In the northern parts of its distribution it remains relatively common.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Dry areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The gum is of importance in international trade and it appears to be being extracted at unsustainable rates, causing declines.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Government of India has banned the export of the species.

Bibliography [top]

Jain, S.K. and Rao, R.R. (eds) 1983. An assessment of threatened plants of India. Proceedings of the seminar held at Dehra Dun, 14-17 Sept., 1981. Botanical Survey of India, Howrah.

Molur, S et al. (eds). 1995. Conservation assessment and management plan (CAMP) for selected species of medicinal plants of southern India.

Oldfield, S., Lusty, C. and MacKinven, A. (compilers). 1998. The World List of Threatened Trees. World Conservation Press, Cambridge, UK.

Citation: CAMP Workshops on Medicinal Plants, India (January 1997) 1998. Commiphora wightii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 22 May 2015.
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