Commiphora schimperi (O. Berg) Engl.

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Commiphora schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Commiphora schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Commiphora schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Commiphora schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Balsamodendron schimperi O. Berg
Commiphora betschuanica Engl.
Common names: Glossy-leaved corkwood (English) Mukwendekwende (Shona) Munyera (Shona)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Bark dark green to yellowish-green flaking in large golden-brown to yellowish strips; branches spine-tipped. Leaves clustered on small lateral branchlets, 3-foliolate or rarely imparipinnate with 2-4 pairs leaflets; leaflets obovate, up to 5 × 3.5 cm, lateral leaflets about half the size of terminal leaflet, more or less shiny green, hairless; margin coarsely toothed; petiole slender, up to 3 cm long. Flowers in small axillary sessile clusters, red, cup-shaped, appearing before the leaves. Fruit ovoid, c. 1.3 cm long, pointed, pale pink, splitting to reveal a black seed almost entirely hidden by a 4-lobed bright red pseudo-aril.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Prof. Andreas Schimper (1856 - 1908), German botanist and plant collector.
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland and scrub often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Friday 4 April 2008
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora schimperi
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West African Plants database: Commiphora schimperi


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commiphora schimperi.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133380, retrieved 22 December 2014

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