Commiphora guidottii (scented myrrh)
Pressed specimen of Commiphora guidottii collected in Somalia in 1930 by R. Guidotti.
Commiphora guidottii Chiov.
scented myrrh, myrrh, bissabol, habak hadi (Somali vernacular name for resin)
Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Acacia-Commiphora bushland, associated with gypsum soils.
Medicinal, perfumery, incense, cattle feed.
None known for this species, but other Commiphora species can cause allergic skin reactions.
About this species
A tree of arid areas, Commiphora guidottii is the source of the oleo-gum-resin known as scented myrrh. The trees are tapped during the dry season by making incisions in the bark. At present, Somalia is the major exporter of scented myrrh.