Commiphora marlothii Engl.

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Commiphora marlothii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme, Matobo National Park

Commiphora marlothii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme, Matobo National Park

Commiphora marlothii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Commiphora marlothii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Common names: Ikwazakwaza (Ndebele) Kabongobongo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Mudyaroro (Shona) Mufunuka (Shona) Mukuhunu (Shona) Munyera (Shona) Mupepe (Shona) Mutedza (Shona) Mutvedzambira (Shona) Muwirowiro (Shona) Nyanzoni (Shona) Paperbark corkwood (English) Umqoqodo (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. The distinct smooth bark is strongly aromatic and peels in large papery sheets revealing a bright green fresh layer underneath. Leaves imparipinnate with 3 - 4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. Leaflets oblong to obovate, finely velvety, particularly below; margins scalloped or toothed. Flowers in axillary compact heads, small, yellow, produced with the new leaves. Fruit, fleshy, elliptic, green, splitting to reveal a yellow or red pseudo-aril.
Derivation of specific name: marlothii: named after H.W.R. Marloth (1855-1931) South African pharmacist and botanist.
Habitat: In woodland but always associated with rocky kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: N Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Sunday 30 March 2008

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 55 - 57. (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 30 - 31. Erroneously as Commiphora fischeri (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 275 - 276. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commiphora marlothii., retrieved 24 February 2018

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