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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Somalia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    A glabrous spiny shrub with thick principal branches, ascending to 3 m. or ± prostrate; stems cylindrical; outer bark peeling in yellowish papery flakes from the green under-bark; slash greenish white, smooth, with a milky exudate which is only faintly scented; main branches not spine-tipped, but short lateral spines 10–20 mm. long are present, but may be sparse so that herbarium specimens may seem to be unarmed.
    Leaves
    Leaves yellowish green becoming pale yellow as they die, always 3-foliolate; petiole ± as long as the terminal leaflet which is cuneate-obovate, attenuate at the base, rounded at the apex, about twice as large as the lateral leaflets and up to 50 mm. long and 30 mm. wide; margins feebly and sparsely crenate-serrate.
    Inflorescences
    Male inflorescences 2–4-flowered, the peduncle and pedicels each ± 2 mm. long; calyx ± 3 mm. including 1 mm. lobes; petals ± 4 mm. long.
    Male
    Male inflorescences 2–4-flowered, the peduncle and pedicels each ± 2 mm. long; calyx ± 3 mm. including 1 mm. lobes; petals ± 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits single or clustered 2–4 together at the tips of short-shoots or at the base of spines, on stalks 3–6 mm. long; drupe ovoid, beaked, including the 4 mm. beak ± 15 × 13–14 × (1.5 + 8) mm.; pericarp 4-valved, the lines of dehiscence not clearly marked; pseudaril with 4 linear arms; stone smooth, ± 10 × 8 × (0.5 + 5) mm., the sterile locule extremely flat.
    Figures
    Fig 6/13–15, p.34.
    Habitat
    Acacia, Commiphora open bushland on level ground where water may collect after heavy rain, either on alluvium or on soils derived from lava; the only woody plant over large areas in the Dida Galgalla lava subdesert north of Marsabit;200–900 m.; rainfall 200–400 mm.
    Distribution
    K1 K4 K7

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Commiphora sennii Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Somala 2: 74 (1932)

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Chiov. in Fl. Somala 2: 74, fig. 40 (1932).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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 2020. 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