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Canarium album is known as the Chinese olive tree, an evergreen tree in the Burseraceae family that grows to 30 m (100 ft) tall in primary and secondary forests of China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos.  It is a hardy species, cited as growing in various conditions, including saline or alkaline soils and rocky hillsides.  The Chinese olive tree is extensively cultivated in China, as it produces an edible drupe fruit sold fresh in markets and eaten much as olives are.  It is considered a digestive aid and used to regain sobriety, and it is dried as a traditional anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory medicinal agent.  Its fragrant, sticky sap is also harvested for incense.  The bark and leaves have been analyzed and found to have high levels of antioxidants, which may have medical value (BIOTIK 2006-08; Zhejiang 2008). 


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