Economic Botany

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 487–494 | Cite as

The botanical origin of Scented Myrrh (Blssabol or Habak Hadi)

  • Mats Thulin
  • Per Claeson


It is concluded that the botanical origin of scented myrrh (bissabol or habak hadi), a major article for export from Somalia since ancient times, isCommiphora guidottii (Burseraceae) and notC. erythraea as generally has been presumed. The reasons for the previous confusion are discussed, andan updated synonymy and distribution map forC. guidottii are given.

Key words

bissabol Commiphora guidottii habak hadi myrrh scented myrrh 

Der botanischer Ursprung der süsse Myrrhe (scented myrrh, bissabol oder habak hadi)


Die Stammpflanze der süsse Myrrhe (scented myrrh, bissabol oder habak hadi), ein wichtiger Ausfuhrartikel aus Somalia seit alters her, istCommiphora guidottii (Burseraceae) und nichtC. erythraea als allgemein vermutet ist. Die Gründe der eher Verwirrung sind diskutiert, und eine erneuerte Synonymik und Verbreitungskarte fürC. guidottii sind vorgelegt.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mats Thulin
    • 1
  • Per Claeson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Systematic BotanyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacognosy, Biomedical CenterUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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