Styrax benzoin

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Styrax benzoin
Styrax benzoin - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-133.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Styracaceae
Genus: Styrax
Species: S. benzoin
Binomial name
Styrax benzoin

Styrax benzoin is a species of tree native to Sumatra in Indonesia. Common names for the tree include gum benjamin tree, loban (in Arabic), kemenyan (in Indonesia and Malaysia), onycha, and Sumatra benzoin tree.[1]


It is a common member of the forests of Sumatra, where it grows to about 12 meters in maximum height.[2]


Styrax benzoin is cultivated as a main source of benzoin resin in Indonesia. It is also grown as an ornamental tree for shade in West Africa.

See also[edit]

  • Styrax'Uses of resin' sections


  1. ^ GRIN Species Profile
  2. ^ JSTOR Plant Science