Commiphora caerulea Burtt

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Commiphora caerulea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr rd to Navigation Control, Kariba

Commiphora caerulea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr rd to Navigation Control, Kariba

Commiphora caerulea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr rd to Navigation Control, Kariba

Commiphora caerulea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr rd to Navigation Control, Kariba

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Synonyms:
Common names: Blue-bark commiphora (English) Blue-bark corkwood (English) Mupopo (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Deciduous tree. Bark smooth, distinctly pale bluish, peeling in papery translucent straw-coloured strips; young branches greyish, velvety, not spine-tipped. Leaves clustered, imparipinnate with 2-4 pairs of leaflets, more rarely 3-foliolate, both types together on the same tree; leaflets oblong-elliptic, up to 8 × 4.5 cm, greyish velvety below, hairless or with a few scattered hairs on the veins and midrib above; margin scalloped or finely toothed. Flowers small, greenish-yellow, solitary or in few-flowered clusters on the spur-branchlets, appearing with the very young leaves. Calyx and stalks densely covered in greyish hairs. Fruit subspherical, c. 1.5 cm in diameter, somewhat flattened, hairless. Pseudaril covering about 3/4 of the seed.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: caerulea: term used for various shades of blue, e.g. sky-blue or dark blue
Habitat: Occurring in thickets in ravines and on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 January 2010
Literature:

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

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 281 - 282. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Botswana: Commiphora caerulea
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African Plant Database: Commiphora caerulea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Commiphora caerulea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commiphora caerulea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commiphora caerulea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commiphora caerulea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Commiphora caerulea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commiphora caerulea
Ispot Southern Africa : Commiphora caerulea
JSTOR Plant Science: Commiphora caerulea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora caerulea
Tropicos: Commiphora caerulea
West African Plants database: Commiphora caerulea


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 caerulea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133290, retrieved 30 September 2016

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