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Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari (Burseraceae), Indian Bdellium, the source of Guggul, once reported in abundance from arid regions of India, Pakistan, Iran & Saudi Arabia in old floras is now under critical threat. The present paper deals with its taxonomy, phenology, distribution and economic value alongwith causes of threat, scientific tapping of gum resin, yield and chemistry of guggul, propagation and conservation.
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