Information submited: 2014-06-27 Modified: 2018-03-15 By: 1
Botanical Name: Brachylaena huillensis
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
Part Typically Used: Heartwood
Color: Amber - colored
Perfumery Note: Base
Strength of Initial Aroma: Balsamic, cool, earthy, rich, sensual, slightly musky, soft, woody.
Brachylaena Huillensis occurs from Kenya and Uganda, south to north-eastern South Africa, Madagascar and also in Angola. The wood, commonly traded as "Muhuhu"
is mainly used for construction, first-grade flooring, joinery,
interior trim, furniture, fence posts, toys, novelties, boxes, crates,
tool handles, carving and turnery. Brachylaena Huillensis wood has been exported as short logs from Kenya to India for use as a substitute of Sandalwood (Santalum Album).
is a shrub or small to medium-sized tree up to 20 (30) m tall with bole
up to 45 (90) cm in diameter found in evergreen forest, deciduous
bushland, secondary vegetation and dune forest in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland, up to 1800 m altitud.
The aromatic oil extracted from the wood is used for perfumery. In Kenya Brachylaena Huillensis is planted as ornamental and boundary tree around dwellings. Male flowering trees are a source of pollen for honey bees.