Storax (tree)

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Description

Large deciduous liquidambar trees, such as Liquidambar orientalis, native to Turkey and the Balkan islands. Storax tree were cultivated for the production of storax resin. The wood is a medium brown color with a close grain. The wood was used for local construction, roofing and flooring. The storax resin was used for perfumes and embalming.

Synonyms and Related Terms

liquidambar tree (Liquidambar orientalis); oriental sweetgum

Additional Information

R.Gale, P.Gasson, N.Hepper, G.Killen, "Wood" in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, P.Nicholson, I.Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 334-371.

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