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) Bulimbo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Mukompe (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
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:
Derivation of specific name: karibensis: of Kariba, Zimbabwe
Habitat: In dense mopane woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe. Apparently restricted to the Zambezi and Kafue Valleys.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 27 June 2012
Literature:

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.

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


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora karibensis
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West African Plants database: Commiphora karibensis


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 karibensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133320, retrieved 30 June 2016

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