This substance is a gum resin, and was greatly esteemed by the ancients; it was obtained by them from the north of Africa. It is described under the name of silpkioii. Different names were given to different parts of the plant which affords it, the term laser or lasooin being exclusively applied to the inspissated juice. From the representations of the plant upon old coins, it appears to be one of ). the out-spreading plants, with large foliage, ( and not very high. The gum was used for f embalmment and incense.
This article was originally published with the title "Laser" in Scientific American 13, 13, 99 (December 1857)