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Taxon: Commiphora habessinica (O. Berg) Engl.

Genus: Commiphora
Family: Burseraceae
Nomen number: 310582
Place of publication: A. L. P. P. de Candolle & A. C. de Candolle, Monogr. phan. 4:10. 1883 "abyssinica"
Name verified on: 27-Nov-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 25-Feb-2002
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • Abyssinian myrrh   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • Arabian myrrh   (Source: Ency CNatIn [as C. madagascariensis]) – English
  • Yemen myrrh   (Source: Ency CNatIn [as C. madagascariensis]) – English

Economic importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring   (fide Ency CNatIn, as C. madagascarensis)
  • Materials: essential oils   (in cosmetics fide Ency CNatIn, as C. madagascarensis)
  • Materials: gum/resin   (in cosmetics fide Ency CNatIn, as C. madagascarensis)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide Ency CNatIn, as C. madagascarensis)

Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia [n.w.]; Sudan [e.]
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Rwanda; Zaire [e. & s.]
    South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Zambia
    Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Yemen


  • Andrews, F. W. 1950–1956. The flowering plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.
  • Cufodontis, G. 1953–1972. Enumeratio plantarum aethiopiae: Spermatophyta.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. ["abyssinica"].
  • Ghazanfar, S. A. 1992. An annotated catalogue of the vascular plants of Oman. Scripta Botanica Belgica 2.
  • Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards. 1989–. Flora of Ethiopia. (and Eritrea. 2000)
  • Leung, A. Y. & S. Foster. 1996. Encyclopedia of common natural ingredients used in food, drugs, and cosmetics, ed. 2. [= C. madagascariensis].
  • Terrell, E. E. et al. 1986. Agric. Handb. no. 505.
  • Thulin, M., ed. 1993–. Flora of Somalia. [= C. kua (Royle) Volleson].
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • Wood, J. R. I. 1997. A handbook of the flora of Yemen.
  • Zohary, M. et al. 1980–. Conspectus florae orientalis. ["abyssinica"].


Check other web resources for Commiphora habessinica (O. Berg) Engl.:

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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