Commiphora viminea Burtt Davy.

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Commiphora viminea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora viminea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Commiphora merkeri Engl.
Common names: Chifata (Hlengwe) Mupopo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Siachimvwa (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Zebra-bark commiphora (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Single-stemmed small tree. Bark creamy-grey or pale greenish with blackish horizontal bands of rough lenticels; young branches purplish, spine-tipped. Leaves clustered on small lateral spine-tipped branchlets, usually simple (1-foliolate), obovate, up to 4.5 × 2.5 cm, bluish-green, hairless except for long glandular hairs near the base; margin scalloped; petiole very short to absent. Flowers in small inconspicuous clusters on the spur-branchlets, yellowish, appearing just before or with the new leaves. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 1.3 cm long, pointed, hairless, reddish-brown when ripe, splitting to reveal a black seed with a 4-lobed yellow pseudo-aril, almost completely covering the seed.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: viminea: with long, flexible shoots
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland, particularly with Colophospermum mopane.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 4 April 2008
Literature:

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

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 225. as Commiphora merkeri (Includes a picture).

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


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African Plant Database: Commiphora viminea
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora viminea
Tropicos: Commiphora viminea
West African Plants database: Commiphora viminea


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 viminea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133410, retrieved 30 June 2016

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