Commiphora angolensis Engl.

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Synonyms: Commiphora kwebensis N.E. Br.
Commiphora oliveri Engl.
Commiphora rehmannii Engl.
Common names: Sand corkwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small deciduous tree, often forming thickets. Bark grey with brown lenticels, peeling in yellowish papery pieces revealing the green underbark; branchlets not spine-tipped, densely velvety. Leaves imparipinnate with 2-4 pairs of leaflets, sometimes 3-foliolate; leaflets small, up to c. 2 × 1 cm, elliptic-oblong, velvety on both surfaces, terminal leaflet largest with a longer petiolule; margin scalloped or toothed except near the base. Flowers in stalked heads on the spur-branchlets, small yellow, appearing with the young leaves. Fruit ovoid-spherical, c. 1 cm in diameter, velvety, pink when ripe. Seeds with a 2-lobed pseudaril only covering the lower part.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: Occurring in hot dry deciduous woodland on Kalahari sand, often with Baikiaea plurijuga and Colophospermum mopane.
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Flowering time:Oct -Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, North-West and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 268 - 269. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commiphora angolensis., retrieved 9 February 2016

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