Commiphora viminea Burtt Davy.

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Commiphora viminea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Commiphora merkeri Engl.
Common names:
Single-stemmed small tree. Bark creamy-grey or pale greenish with blackish horizontal bands of rough lenticels; young branches purplish, spine-tipped. Leaves clustered on small lateral spine-tipped branchlets, usually simple (1-foliolate), obovate, up to 4.5 × 2.5 cm, bluish-green, hairless except for long glandular hairs near the base; margin scalloped; petiole very short to absent. Flowers in small inconspicuous clusters on the spur-branchlets, yellowish, appearing just before or with the new leaves. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 1.3 cm long, pointed, hairless, reddish-brown when ripe, splitting to reveal a black seed with a 4-lobed yellow pseudo-aril, almost completely covering the seed.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: viminea: with long, flexible shoots
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s):
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 378. (Includes a picture).

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 225. as Commiphora merkeri (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. as Commiphora merkeri

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 269. As Commiphora merkeri (Includes a picture).

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora viminea
African Plant Database: Commiphora viminea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commiphora viminea
JSTOR Plant Science: Commiphora viminea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora viminea
Plants of the World Online: Commiphora viminea
Tropicos: Commiphora viminea
Wikipedia: Commiphora viminea

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 viminea., retrieved 4 October 2023

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