Boswellia dioscoridis

One of 9 accepted species of Boswellia found only on Socotra, and in bloom. Unfortunately getting up close to their flowers is very hard as they are up high and out on a limb. Thus I have not experienced their scent.

It is distinguished from the other species (bullata and ameero) with grayish or bluish green leaves.

Elevation: 482 meters.

This is the complete list of all the 10 Boswellia species found in the Socotra Archipelago:

Boswellia ameero
Boswellia asplenifolia
Boswellia bullata
Boswellia dioscoridis
Boswellia elongata
Boswellia nana
Boswellia popoviana
Boswellia scopulorum
Boswellia socotrana

Found only on the island of Samha:
Boswellia samhaensis

In addition there are numerous hybrids and varieties that will keep botanists busy.

Read more:
The challenges in seed regeneration of the endemic Boswellia species on Socotra.

A summary of 13 research papers spanning twenty years of biodiversity research and nature conservation in the Socotra Archipelago.

Boswellia dioscoridis

Boswellia dioscoridis

Boswellia dioscoridis

Last updated on 14 October 2023