Commiphora edulis (Klotzsch) Engl.
subsp. edulis

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Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis

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Gumani Hill, Humani Ranch

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Synonyms: Commiphora chlorocarpa Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or small deciduous unarmed tree. Bark smooth pale grey, peeling in small pieces to reveal green under layer. Leaves, imparipinnate with 2-6 pairs of leaflets and a larger terminal leaflet; leaflets elliptic-oblong, up to 7 cm long, grey-green with stiff bristly hairs; margins entire or finely crenulate. Flowers small, yellow in axillary branched heads. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 2 cm long, pubescent, apricot-coloured when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: edulis: edible
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S
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Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 368. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 277.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 249. As Commiphora edulis

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 77.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 224. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 31.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 42.

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 279. As Commiphora edulis (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis
Flora of Caprivi: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis
Flora of Malawi: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis
Flora of Mozambique: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora edulis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Commiphora edulis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commiphora edulis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commiphora edulis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commiphora edulis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Commiphora edulis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Commiphora edulis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commiphora edulis
JSTOR Plant Science: Commiphora edulis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora edulis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora edulis
Plants of the World Online: Commiphora edulis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Commiphora edulis
Tropicos: Commiphora edulis
Wikipedia: Commiphora edulis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis., retrieved 23 October 2019

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