1. Family: Burseraceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Boswellia Roxb. ex Colebr.
      1. Boswellia neglecta S.Moore

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to NE. Uganda and N. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Burseraceae, J.B. Gillett. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1991

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree up to 8 m. tall branching near the base from a short bole; bark dark grey, hardly peeling; young branches very straight, set at nearly 90° to the parent stem, pubescent, with longitudinal ridges and fissures.
    Leaves
    Leaves sparsely tomentose, 2–11 cm. long; stipules sometimes present, small, narrowly triangular, caducous; petiole 2–16 mm. long; leaflets 11–47, often subalternate, elliptic-oblong, entire, truncate or rounded at the base, rounded or broadly acute apically up to 13 × 7 mm. near the middle of the leaf, usually smaller towards its tip, much smaller, sometimes only 1 mm. long, at the base.
    Flowers
    Flowers white or greenish white in short pedunculate pubescent, sometimes precocious, cymes 1–4 cm. long; pedicels up to 8 mm. long in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx pubescent, ± 1.5 mm. long, with triangular lobes.
    Corolla
    Petals ovate, ± 2 mm. long, pubescent near the centre.
    Filaments
    Filaments ± 0.3 mm. wide, the upper part filiform, ± 0.05 mm. wide; anthers 0.7 mm. long.
    Disc
    Disc concave.
    Pistil
    Ovary glabrous; style ± 0.6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit green, often tinged with crimson, 18–20(–25) mm. long, 9–11 (–14) mm. wide, widest ± 6 mm. below the tip; nutlets subcruciform, the apical spine longer and more slender than the other 3.
    Figures
    Fig. 2/14–19.
    Habitat
    Acacia, Commiphora bushland on basement complex or lava and red sandy soil; alt. 200–1350 m.; rainfall 250–600 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K7 T2 T3 U1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda

    Boswellia neglecta S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Hildebrandt, J.M. [1508], Somalia Boswellia hildebrandtii K000199591 Unknown type material

    First published in J. Bot. 15: 67 (1877)

    Accepted by

    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
    • Gillett, J.B. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Burseraceae: 1-94.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Vollesen in Fl. Eth. 3: 445, fig. 123. 2A–D (1990).
    • Blundell, Wild Fl. E. Afr.: 134, t. 215 (1987).
    • Engl. in A. & C. DC., Monogr. Phan. 4: 35 (1883).
    • S. Moore in Journal of Botany 15: 67, t. 185 (1877).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0