Commiphora angolensis Engl.

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Synonyms: Commiphora kwebensis N.E. Br.
Commiphora oliveri Engl.
Commiphora rehmannii Engl.
Common names: Sand corkwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small deciduous tree, often forming thickets. Bark grey with brown lenticels, peeling in yellowish papery pieces revealing the green underbark; branchlets not spine-tipped, densely velvety. Leaves imparipinnate with 2-4 pairs of leaflets, sometimes 3-foliolate; leaflets small, up to c. 2 × 1 cm, elliptic-oblong, velvety on both surfaces, terminal leaflet largest with a longer petiolule; margin scalloped or toothed except near the base. Flowers in stalked heads on the spur-branchlets, small yellow, appearing with the young leaves. Fruit ovoid-spherical, c. 1 cm in diameter, velvety, pink when ripe. Seeds with a 2-lobed pseudaril only covering the lower part.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Flowering time:Oct -Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, North-West and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 268 - 269. (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.

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) Page 281. (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Commiphora angolensis., retrieved 16 June 2024

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