Botanical name: 

Musk root. Ferula sumbul, was first introduced into Russia as a substitute for musk, and was known in Germany in 1840 as a Russian product. Its history is to the effect that in 1869 a Russian traveler, Fedschenko (240), discovered the plant producing it in the northern part of the Khanat of Bukhara, 40° N. Lat. Sumbul has no authentic position in so-called "scientific" medicine other than that it crept into the British Pharmacopeia in 1867 as a substance that had been recommended as a substitute for musk in cholera.

The History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P., 1911, was written by John Uri Lloyd.