Commiphora zanzibarica (Baill.) Engl.

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Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Simons area, behind Jon Grine's old house

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Simons area, behind Jon Grine's old house

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Simons area, behind Jon Grine's old house

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Directly N of the James White Saw mill, directly SE of the M'Phingwe camp.

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Commiphora zanzibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Commiphora spondioides Engl.
Common names: Pendant-fruited corkwood (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub or small deciduous unarmed tree. Bark smooth, pale grey with lenticels, sometimes peeling. Leaves clustered at the ends of branches, imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets oblong-lanceolate, up to 7 cm long, hairless, slightly aromatic when crushed; margins entire or finely serrate. Flowers small, creamy or yellow-green in large axillary branched heads, appearing with the new leaves. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1.6 cm long, hairless, pendulous, brown-red when ripe, pseudo-aril fleshy bright red.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: zanzibarica: of Zanzibar
Habitat: In hot, dry river valleys and coastal thickets.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 19 June 2015
Literature:

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.

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.

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 279 - 280. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Commiphora zanzibarica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora zanzibarica
African Plant Database: Commiphora zanzibarica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Commiphora zanzibarica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Commiphora zanzibarica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commiphora zanzibarica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commiphora zanzibarica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commiphora zanzibarica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Commiphora zanzibarica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Commiphora zanzibarica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commiphora zanzibarica
JSTOR Plant Science: Commiphora zanzibarica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora zanzibarica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora zanzibarica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Commiphora zanzibarica
Tropicos: Commiphora zanzibarica


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 zanzibarica.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133420, retrieved 16 July 2019

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