1. Family: Burseraceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Commiphora Jacq.
      1. Commiphora alaticaulis J.B.Gillett & Vollesen

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Unarmed shrub up to 5 m. tall, usually intertwined with other bushes, often subscandent, heavily browsed down if free-standing; stems usually with corky wings; bark smooth, grey, hardly peeling, bluish green when young; slash pink, striped; exudate sparse, colourless, odourless; young twigs 1.5–5 mm. in diameter, 5-angled, puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate, crisped puberulous to tomentose beneath, more sparsely so above; petiole 1–6.5 cm. long; lateral leaflets subsessile, cuneate, obovate, elliptic or circular, asymmetrically acute at the base, coarsely and irregularly serrate, 15–65 mm. long, 10–55 mm. wide; terminal leaflet spathulate-obovate, with 4–6 lateral veins on each side, 25–75 mm. long, 17–65 mm. wide.
    Flowers
    Flowers precocious or with the young leaves in sessile clusters; bracts narrowly triangular-acuminate, loosely woolly, up to 3.5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx with receptacle 3 mm. long, including 1 mm. triangular lobes, glabrous except for the woolly margin.
    Corolla
    Petals narrowly elliptic, densely appressed pilose outside, 5–6 mm. long.
    Filaments
    Filaments 4 and 2 mm., anthers 1.0 and 0.7 mm. long.
    Disc
    Disc glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit glabrous, sessile, flattened-ovoid, rather pointed, 10–12 × 6–8 × (2 + 3) mm.; pericarp 2-valved; pseudaril with 2 narrow angular facial arms, that on the sterile locule ± 3/5 as long as the stone, the other shorter, sutural arms absent; stone flattened-ovoid, rather acute, slightly granulate, the sterile locule markedly narrower than the fertile, both faces gently convex, dimensions 8 × 5.5 × (1.5 + 2.3) mm.
    Figures
    Fig. 8/16–20, p. 52.
    Habitat
    Open Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 160–700 m.; rainfall 200–300 mm.
    Distribution
    K1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Commiphora alaticaulis J.B.Gillett & Vollesen appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 26, 1983 Hemming, C.F. [467], Kenya K000425410 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 52 (1985)

    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: 462, fig. 123.11 (1990).
    • Gillett & Vollesen in Kew Bulletin 40: 52, fig. 3 (1985).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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