Commiphora neglecta I. Verd.

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Common names: Sweet-root corkwood (English)
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Small deciduous tree, often branching near the base of the trunk. Bark green, smooth, green, peeling in straw-coloured strips; short lateral branchlets spine-tipped; watery sap present. Leaves clustered on the short branchlets, 3-foliolate with a petiole up to 4.5 cm long; leaflets, obovate, up to 6 × 3.5 cm, terminal, lateral leaflets smaller, mostly hairless; margin finely toothed or scalloped in the upper half. Flowers small, cup-shaped, yellow, in clusters on the spur-branchlets, appearing before or with the new leaves. Fruit subspherical, c. 1.2 cm in diameter, hairless, bright red when ripe. Seeds black with a red, 4-armed pseudaril.
Notes: Note: in Zimbabwe only known from one hill in the Chisumbanje CL.
Derivation of specific name: neglecta: neglected,referring to its relatively late discovery and description as a species (1952).
Habitat: Occurring in dry, deciduous open woodland and scrub and on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern KaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 271 - 273. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commiphora neglecta., retrieved 22 September 2017

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