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Gökova – Liquidambar

The Oriental Sweetgum 
(Günlük, Buhur, Sigla, Liquidambar Orientalis)
At the south shores of Gökova you will find a derivate of the platane tree, the “oriental sweetgum” or stated in a mixture of Latin and Arabic: “liquidambar orientalis”. Its fragrance is used to prepare perfumes and in the olden days every household in Bodrum used to keep a jar with the whitish resin as it has antiseptic qualities.

The oriental sweetgum tree is only found in this area. With a few on the northern tip of Rhodes, it is limited to Turkey.

 

 

(Please click on the images below to see them in full.)

Distribution map from:
Efe A. Studies on the Morphological and Palynological Characteristics of Liquidambar orientalis Mill. in Turkey. I. Ü. Orman Fak. Dergisi Seri A. Cilt 37 (2): 273 – 286, Istanbul, Turkey.

Soap with the fragrance of the sweetgum tree

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