Taxon: Commiphora myrrha (Nees) Engl.

Genus: Commiphora
Family: Burseraceae
Nomen number: 402550
Place of publication: A. L. P. P. de Candolle & A. C. de Candolle, Monogr. phan. 4:12. 1883
Name Verified on: 27-Nov-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 27-Nov-2001
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Materials: essential oils (in pharmacy & perfumery fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Materials: gum/resin (in pharmacy & perfumery fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Ency CNatIn; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Djibouti; Ethiopia; Somalia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Yemen


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Check other web resources for Commiphora myrrha (Nees) Engl. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas 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.