Aquilaria crassna

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This article is about the tree. For the resinous heartwood from Aquilaria trees, see Agarwood.
Aquilaria crassna
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Aquilaria
Species: A. crassna
Binomial name
Aquilaria crassna
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Aquilaria crassna is a species of plant in the Thymelaeaceae family. It is found in throughout Southeast Asia and in New Guinea.

Economics[edit]

Main article: Agarwood

Aquilaria crassna is one source[2] of agarwood, a resinous heartwood, used for perfume and incense.[3] The resin is produced by the tree in response to infection by a parasitic ascomycetous mould, Phaeoacremonium parasitica,[4] a dematiaceous (dark-walled) fungus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nghia, N.H. (1998). "Aquilaria crassna". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Ng, L.T., Chang Y.S. and Kadir, A.A. (1997) "A review on agar (gaharu) producing Aquilaria species" Journal of Tropical Forest Products 2(2): pp. 272-285
  3. ^ Broad, S. (1995) "Agarwood harvesting in Vietnam" TRAFFIC Bulletin 15:96
  4. ^ formerly Phialophora parasitica Crous, P. W. et al. (1996) "Phaeoacremonium gen. nov. associated with wilt and decline diseases of woody hosts and human infections." Mycologia 88(5): pp. 786–796