African Plant Database

Commiphora gileadensis (L.) C. Chr.
Protologue : Dansk Bot. Ark. iv. 3, 18 (1922)
Notes : Sensu lato, see Thulin in Fl. Somal. vol.2 (1999)
Information on the genus : Commiphora
Basionym : Amyris gileadensis L.
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amyris gileadensis L. (1768)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Commiphora albiflora Engl. (1905)
=Commiphora ancistrophora Chiov. (1932)
=Commiphora cassan Chiov. (1932)
=Commiphora gillettii Chiov. (1941)
=Commiphora microcarpa Chiov. (1932)
=Commiphora velutina Chiov. (1916)
=Commiphora suckertiana Chiov. (1934)
=Commiphora coronillifolia Chiov. (1931)
=Commiphora anfractuosa Chiov. (1932)
=Amyris opobalsamum L.
=Commiphora opobalsamum (L.) Engl. (1883)
=Commiphora opobalsamum var. ehrenbergianum (O. Berg) Engl.
=Balsamodendrum ehrenbergianum O. Berg
=*Commiphora opobalsamum var. induta (Hutch.) Sprague ex Bruce
=Balsamea stocksiana Engl.
=Commiphora stocksiana (Engl.) Engl. (1883)
Taxon infra-specific
Commiphora gileadensis var. pubescens (Stocks) J.B. Gillett
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1,5-5 m tall, unarmed, sometimes with long slender drooping branches; bark yellowish to dull orange or grey or black, smooth, sometimes peeling in small papery flakes.
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Ecology : Acacia, Commiphora woodland or bushland; semidesert scrub; limestone hills; sand dunes; red to grey sandy soil overlying limestone and basement complex or rocky limestone ridges; old lava flows; dry hilly savanna; 0-1300 m alt.
  According to Thulin (Fl. Somal., l.c.) the original material of C. microcarpa (in synonymy) is very poor, fruiting twigs without leaves.
  SE Egypt (possibly originally introduced); Saudi Arabia, Yemen, S Oman.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 2: 68 (2000).
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