1. Family: Burseraceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Commiphora Jacq.
      1. Commiphora fulvotomentosa Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Mozambique.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tree 4–12 m. tall without spines on the branches, but one collector mentions spines 4–7 cm. long on the main stem; trunk up to 25 cm. diameter; bark coppery grey, smooth, sometimes papery, sometimes horizontally folded; exudate clear, scented; young branches rather stout (± 4 mm. diameter), brownish pubescent, later glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves clustered at the ends of branches, up to 22 cm. long, including a petiole of 4–5 cm., 5–15-foliolate, tomentose, the indumentum sparse and short on the upper surface which is green with the epidermis visible between the hairs, dense and long on the lower surface which is yellowish grey, the epidermis completely hidden by hairs; leaflets elliptic-oblong, almost sessile or with petiolules under 1 mm. long, rounded at the base, acuminate apically, up to 7 cm. long and 3 cm. wide; largest just above the centre of the leaf, those above this a little smaller, the basal pairs much smaller; margin broadly and rather obscurely crenate or crenate-serrate.
    Flowers
    Flowers appearing with the leaves along with brownish tomentose ovate-oblong or spathulate prophylls up to 13 mm. long and 4 mm. broad.
    Inflorescences
    Male inflorescences of 1–3 dense subglobose tomentose clusters 11–15 mm. in diameter on peduncles up to 5 cm. long; pedicels 1–2 mm. long; flowers when young often out-topped by narrow densely tomentose bracts up to 9 mm. long; calyx tomentose, divided to the middle into narrowly ovate lobes; petals narrowly oblong, densely tomentose outside, widened towards the tip, ± 4.5 mm. long; filaments 3.5 and 2.5 mm.; anthers 0.7 and 0.5 mm. long. Female inflorescence very similar to the ♂.
    Male
    Male inflorescences of 1–3 dense subglobose tomentose clusters 11–15 mm. in diameter on peduncles up to 5 cm. long; pedicels 1–2 mm. long; flowers when young often out-topped by narrow densely tomentose bracts up to 9 mm. long; calyx tomentose, divided to the middle into narrowly ovate lobes; petals narrowly oblong, densely tomentose outside, widened towards the tip, ± 4.5 mm. long; filaments 3.5 and 2.5 mm.; anthers 0.7 and 0.5 mm. long.
    Female
    Female inflorescence very similar to the ♂.
    Fruits
    Fruiting peduncle up to 8 cm. long; fruit flattened-ellipsoid, puberulous or glabrescent, 15–17 × 13–14 × (3 + 6) mm.; pericarp 2-valved; pseudaril with 4 broad arms with undulate margins which reach the tip of the rather lumpy stone which measures ± 10 × 8 × (2 + 3) mm., both faces gently convex.
    Figures
    Fig. 10/8–11, p. 59.
    Habitat
    Woodland and dry forest, especially on rocky outcrops; 200–1050 m.; rainfall 800–1000 mm.
    Distribution
    T6 T8

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania

    Commiphora fulvotomentosa Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Torre, A.R [14874], Mozambique K000425392 isotype

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 295 (1917)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Gillett, J.B. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Burseraceae: 1-94.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 57 (1980).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 84 (1949).
    • Engl. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 54: 295 (1916).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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