Canarium schwienfuthii (African Olive) Seeds
|Leaves of Canarium schweinfurthii|
Canarium schweinfurthii (commonly known as the bush candle, African olive, African elemi, or canarium), is a species of large tree native to tropical Africa. Names in many African languages are variations of mupafu.
Distribution and habitat
The African elemi tree is one of several sources of the economically useful oleoresin known elemi. In West Africa this resin is traditionally burned for fumigating dwellings and mixed with oil for body paint. African elemi bears edible fruit with a thick, dense, hard shell.