1. Family: Burseraceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Commiphora Jacq.
      1. Commiphora ovalifolia J.B.Gillett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Glabrous shrub or small tree with widely spreading low branches, 2–8 m. tall; outer bark peeling in pale papery scrolls from the green under-bark; slash smooth, creamy white; exudate not noted but apparently neither copious nor strongly scented; branchlets grey with sparse round lenticels ± 0.5 mm. in diameter; the larger branchlets do not end in spines though sparse short (10–25 mm.) lateral spines are usually (perhaps always) present.
    Leaves
    Leaves with a petiole 4–20 mm. long even when clustered loosely together on short shoots; lateral leaflets usually present, lanceolate, entire, 1–9(–22) mm. long, 0.5–4(–10) mm. wide;terminal leaflet ovate-acuminate, rounded or broadly cuneate at the base, usually ± 6 cm. long and 4 cm. wide, occasionally up to 9 × 5 cm.; nerves prominent beneath, 5–7 principal lateral nerves on each side, ultimate network distinct; margin cartilaginous, sometimes entire but usually with numerous very minute serrations whose apical side is only ± 0.1 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Immature flowers blackish purple, single in the axils of clustered short-shoot leaves on pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long; calyx 1.8 mm. long including triangular 0.4 mm. teeth; corolla ± 3 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits 2–3 together at the tips of short-shoots on stalks 1–4 mm. long; drupe subglobose, 11.5 mm. (including a 0.5 mm. beak) × 12 × (5.5 + 8) mm.; pericarp 2-valved, fleshy, 0.8–1.0 mm. thick; pseudaril red, covering the lower part of the stone and with 4 triangular lobes reaching almost to its tip; stone black, minutely but markedly verrucose (resembling that of C. sphaerocarpa), ± 7.5 × 6 × (3.5 + 4) mm., with 2 rather large apical pits; sterile locule strongly humped distally.
    Figures
    Fig. 5/18–20, p.25.
    Habitat
    In semi deciduous dense bushland or dry forest on rocky slopes; 800–1440 m.; rainfall 600–800 mm.
    Distribution
    K4 K6 not known elsewhere

    Images

    Distribution

    Commiphora ovalifolia J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Gillett, J.B. [18268], Kenya K000353469 holotype
    Gillett, J.B. [20717], Kenya K000353470
    Gillett, J.B. [19419], Kenya K000353471
    Gillett, J.B. [18562], Kenya K000353472
    Gillett, J.B. [18126], Kenya K000353473
    Bally, P.R.O. [8622], Kenya K000353474
    Luke, Q. [828], Kenya K000353475

    First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Burserac.: 27 (1991)

    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.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
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