Commiphora karibensis Wild

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Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

Commiphora karibensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

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Synonyms:
Common names: Angular-stem corkwood (English)
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Description:
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.
Notes: Burrows et al. (2018) state that unconfirmed records indicate that this species could occur in the Cahora Bassa Dam region of Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: karibensis: of Kariba, Zimbabwe
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Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe. Apparently restricted to the Zambezi and Kafue Valleys.
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

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 Botswana: Commiphora karibensis
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Flora of Zambia: Commiphora karibensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Commiphora karibensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora karibensis
African Plant Database: Commiphora karibensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Commiphora karibensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commiphora karibensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commiphora karibensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commiphora karibensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora karibensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora karibensis
Plants of the World Online: Commiphora karibensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Commiphora karibensis
Tropicos: Commiphora karibensis
Wikipedia: Commiphora karibensis


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 karibensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133320, retrieved 13 November 2019

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