Commiphora edulis (Klotzsch) Engl.
subsp. edulis

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Synonyms: Commiphora chlorocarpa Engl.
Common names: Rough-leaved corkwood (English)
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.
Derivation of specific name: edulis: edible
Habitat: Occurring in hot, dry woodland and thickets, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS
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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

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

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).

Other sources of information about Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis:

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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 Zambia: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora edulis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): 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
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Commiphora edulis
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
The Plant List (version 1.1): Commiphora edulis
Tropicos: Commiphora edulis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Commiphora edulis subsp. edulis., retrieved 27 May 2019

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