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Sustained use of highland forest stands for benzoin production from Styrax in north Sumatra, Indonesia

Sustained use of highland forest stands for benzoin production from Styrax in north Sumatra, Indonesia

Wallaceana ( 78): 15-19

Purbatua, a village in the Tapanuli region in north Sumatra, where forest has been maintained for a long time without clear felling and still yields the indigenous product benzoin (incense, from the resin of Styrax paralleloneurum and S. benzoin; the resin is also used medicinally and for cosmetics) provides an example of rational land use. A wide range of sizes of benzoin trees is maintained under natural pine (Pinus merkusii) stands to ensure a sustained yield and harvest of benzoin.

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