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

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

Abstract

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.

Zusammenfassung

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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Thulin, M., Claeson, P. The botanical origin of Scented Myrrh (Blssabol or Habak Hadi). Econ Bot 45, 487–494 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02930711

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Key words

  • bissabol
  • Commiphora guidottii
  • habak hadi
  • myrrh
  • scented myrrh