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By: Brian M. Lawrence
Posted: September 23, 2011, from the October 2011 issue of P&F magazine.
Amyris oil (Amyris balsamifera L.) is produced by steam distillation of the heartwood of a small tree member of the Rutaceae family. The distribution of A. balsamifera is mostly limited to islands in the Caribbean, particularly Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, although it can be found to a limited extent in certain South American countires. The tree is known as bois chandelle (candlewood) in Haiti, torchwood in Jamaica, and amyris or West Indian sandalwood in the United States.
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