Commiphora karibensis Wild

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Commiphora karibensis

Lusaka 1976
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Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree with a conspicuously fluted trunk. Bark smooth, silver-grey with a clear sap when damaged; young trees almost square-stemmed. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-6 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets narrowly ovate, up to 7 × 3.3 cm, dark green, softly velvety on the leaflets, densely hairy on the rhachis; margin entire or obscurely toothed. Flowers in slender axillary panicles, yellowish, appearing with the leaves. Fruit ovoid, c. 1.2 cm long, hairless, reddish when ripe, splitting to reveal a black seed with a bright red 4-lobed pseudo-aril.
Type location:
Zimbabwe, Urungwe District
Derivation of specific name: karibensis: of Kariba, Zimbabwe
Habitat: In dense mopane woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe. Apparently restricted to the Zambezi and Kafue Valleys.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 January 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 366. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 285.

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

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) Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Commiphora karibensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora karibensis
African Plant Database: Commiphora karibensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora karibensis
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Wikipedia: Commiphora karibensis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Commiphora karibensis., retrieved 29 September 2023

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