Commiphora tenuipetiolata Engl.

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Commiphora tenuipetiolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora tenuipetiolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora tenuipetiolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Commiphora tenuipetiolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Common names: Mukwendekwende (Shona) Munyera (Shona) Satin-bark corkwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark bluish-green flaking in large yellowish-grey strips; branches without spines. Leaves clustered on small lateral shoots, 3-foliolate or rarely imparipinnate with 5-9 leaflets; leaflets obovate, blue-green, especially below, normally hairless, sometimes slightly hairy when imparipinnate; margin entire or finely toothed near the apex; petiole slender, often pinkish, up to 5 cm long. Flowers in small axillary clusters, greenish-yellow, appearing with the leaves. Fruit on a long peduncle, spherical, c. 1.2 cm, red when ripe, splitting to reveal a black seed cupped in a 4-lobed bright red pseudo-aril.
Derivation of specific name: tenuipetiolata: with a slender petiole
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland often with mopane.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 377. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 300 - 301. (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.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 77.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 31.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.

Wild, H. (1963). Burseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 280 - 281. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Flora of Caprivi: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Flora of Mozambique: Commiphora tenuipetiolata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
African Plant Database: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Ispot Southern Africa: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
JSTOR Plant Science: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Commiphora tenuipetiolata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Commiphora tenuipetiolata
Tropicos: Commiphora tenuipetiolata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commiphora tenuipetiolata., retrieved 20 June 2019

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