(Atractylis gummifera)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Atractylis gummifera
Compositae

A gum obtained from the plant is used as an adulteration for mastic[46, 61, 100]. Mastic (obtained from Pistacia lentiscus) is used in high grade varnishes, as a fixative in perfumes, tooth pastes, glue (especially for false beards), embalming, a temporary filling for teeth etc[7, 11, 46, 57, 64, 171, 200, 238]. It is used to seal the edges of microscope mounts and is also chewed to preserve the teeth and gums[64].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    A gum obtained from the plant is used for chewing[46, 61, 100].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a greenhouse or cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame until they are planted out in early summer. Alternatively, the seed can be sown in situ in mid to late spring.
We have very little information on the cultivation needs of this species, but it succeeds outdoors at Bristol Botanical Gardens, where it flowers and sets viable seed[K]. It is likely to prefer a well-drained soil and a sunny position[K]. It strongly dislikes winter wet[K]. A monocarpic plant, living for a number of years without flowering, but then dying after it does flower.
Mediterranean.

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