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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. & SE. Ethiopia to Somalia.

    [FTEA]

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

    Diagnostic
    Resembles C. erosa but with shorter stems, the fluted, pale grey leaf-shoots up to 5 mm. in diameter, the leaves thicker and not always entirely glabrous, the petiole up to 8 cm., terminal leaflet up to 7 cm. long and 5 cm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence often puberulous, with male peduncles up to 4 cm. long; bracts up to 3 mm. long; fruit-stalk up to 25 mm. long, occasionally with more than one fruit on a common peduncle.
    Calyx
    Calyx pubescent, up to 3 mm. long, the narrowly triangular lobes twice as long as the tube.
    Fruits
    Fruit subglobose, ± 10 mm. in diameter, the stone with a curiously pitted surface, its walls unusually (up to 1 mm.) thick.
    Figures
    Fig. 8/6,7, p. 52.
    Habitat
    Acacia, Commiphora, Boswellia open bushland on limestone or calcareous silt often where gypsum is present; alt. ± 400 m.; rainfall ± 250 mm.
    Distribution
    Although not yet found in Kenya it occurs just north of the Daua river at a spot ± 8 km. NE. of Mandera in an area greatly resembling adjacent parts of Kenya which have not yet been thoroughly investigated botanically. K1 K7

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Somalia

    Commiphora sphaerocarpa Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Res. Sci. Somalia Ital. 1: 48 (1916)

    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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • 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: 468, fig. 123.14/B,C,F–J (1990).
    • Chiov., Fl. Somala 2: 56, fig. 20 (1929).
    • Chiov. in Result. Sci. Miss. Stef.-Paoli, Coll. Bot.: 48, fig. 1 (1916)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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