Commiphora mossambicensis (Oliv.) Engl.

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Commiphora mossambicensis

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Rita Herbert

Commiphora mossambicensis

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Rita Herbert

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Synonyms: Commiphora fischeri Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small deciduous unarmed tree. Bark smooth pinkish-grey to brown, sometimes peeling. Leaves aromatic, 3-foliolate, occasionally 5-foliolate; leaflets large, broadly ovate to almost circular, light green and shiny with minute golden glands. Flowers small, creamy-yellow to pinkish-red in axillary branched heads with conspicuous leafy bracts. Fruit near-spherical, reddish to black when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: In hot dry woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1410 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi-Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 January 2017

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Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 436. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 291.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 39.

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 226. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 216 - 217. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 37.

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

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 39.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 380 - 381. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 442 - 443. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 274. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Commiphora mossambicensis
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Flora of Mozambique: Commiphora mossambicensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Commiphora mossambicensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Commiphora mossambicensis

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Commiphora mossambicensis., retrieved 27 May 2024

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