Agarwood pp 89-101

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Gyrinops walla: The Recently Discovered Agarwood-Producing Species in Sri Lanka

  • S. M. C. U. P. Subasinghe
  • D. S. Hettiarachchi
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Abstract

This chapter describes the morphology, distribution, wood anatomy, and variations of agarwood resin contents and resin content of Gyrinops walla endemic to Sri Lanka. We revealed for the first time, this species, which populates the lower elevations of the wet zone of Sri Lanka in 2012. More importantly, the recently identified species possesses agarwood-producing ability, similar to other species in the Thymelaeaceae family. Before this scientific discovery, G. walla was considered a least valuable species due to the very low stem density. Not much is known about this forgotten species; we intend to unleash its full potential as a new economic commodity to this country.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. C. U. P. Subasinghe
    • 1
  • D. S. Hettiarachchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Forestry and Environmental ScienceUniversity of Sri JayewardenepuraNugegodaSri Lanka
  2. 2.Wescorp Agarwood, Wescorp Group of CompaniesCanning ValeAustralia

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