Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1883|
Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi,
Oman, Tanzania, Yemen|
Yellow - Red|
Abyssinian Myrrh, Yemen Myrrh|
Balsamodendrum habessinicum, Otto Karl
Berg, 1862. |
Balsamea habessinica, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1880.
And might just be:
This member of the Burseraceae family
was given this name by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1883. It is found in
Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Oman, Tanzania and Yemen, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to six metres in height. The flowers are from pale yellow to red.
There are quite some
sources that list quite some synonyms. Kaj BÝrge Vollesen kept it as a
separate species. And the plant seems to change throughout it habitat:
From small scrub with tiny leaves in dry areas to six metre trees with
large leaves in monsoon areas.
genera name from Greek kommi; 'gum' and Greek -phoros;
'carrying' for the balsam-like scented resin. The species name refers to
Abyssinia; the old name for Yemen.