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  1. Family: Burseraceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Commiphora Jacq.
      1. Commiphora obovata Chiov.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to E. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Spiny glabrous shrub or small tree 0.5–3 m. tall with intricate grey branches and a slightly scented exudate, the ultimate branches rather slender.
    Leaves
    Leaves coriaceous, hetero-3-foliolate; petiole 2–5 mm. long, always much shorter than the terminal leaflet which is elliptic-obovate, attenuate basally, rounded or broadly pointed apically, 15–30 mm. long, 9–21 mm. wide, with 5–7 well-marked crenate serrations on each side or almost entire; lateral leaflets much smaller than the terminal, elliptic, entire or with a few broad teeth, 3–9 mm. long, 2–5 mm. wide.
    Flowers
    Flowers unknown.
    Fruits
    Fruit subsessile, asymmetrically globose, ellipsoid or obovoid, 9–12 × 7.5–10 × (3–4 + 4–6) mm.; pericarp 2-valved; pseudaril almost covering the whole stone or covering the basal 2/3 and divided into 4 broad very irregular triangular lobes on the distal third; stone black, very rugose, 7–10 × 5–9 × (3–3.5 + 3.5–5) mm.; apical pits distinct but minute, sterile locule rounded, resembling the fertile locule but smaller.
    Habitat
    Broken scattered semi-evergreen coastal bushland; 50–100 m.; rainfall 300–400 mm.
    Distribution
    K7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Other Data

    Commiphora obovata Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Gillett, J.B. [4185], Somalia K000199684 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1941: 136 (1941)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Vollesen in Fl. Eth. 3:454 (1990).
    • Chiov. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1941: 136 (1941).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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