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Commiphora kataf (Forssk.) Engl.
Protologue : Monogr. Phan. 4: 19 (1883)
Information on the genus : Commiphora
Basionym : Amyris kataf Forssk.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amyris kataf Forssk.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Commiphora allophylla Sprague (1927)
=Commiphora holtziana subsp. microphylla J.B. Gillett (1991)
=Hemprichia erythraea Ehrenb.
=Commiphora erythraea (Ehrenb.) Engl. (1883)
=Commiphora holtziana Engl. subsp. holtziana (1905)
=Commiphora holtziana Engl. (1905)
=Commiphora hildebrandtii var. gallaensis Engl. (1883)
=Commiphora gallaensis (Engl.) Engl. (1912)
=Commiphora kataf subsp. turkanensis J.B. Gillett (1883)
=Commiphora lughensis Chiov. (1932) quoad syntypes Paoli 927, 950
=Commiphora somalensis Engl. (1892)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Unarmed tree 3-10 m; trunk well defined, though sometimes very short, 12-20 cm Ø; outer bark white, peeling in large flakes or small sheets from the blue-green under-bark.
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Ecology : Acacia, Commiphora bushland or woodland on well-drained soils; level sandy soil; deciduous woodland; dry coastal bushland; Combretum, Terminalia wooded grassland; rocky slopes; red sandy soil; black cotton soil; 15-1900 m alt.
  Very variable in indumentum characters, in shape and size and dentation of leaflets.
  Certain collections from S may belong to a distinct species close to C. kataf, but also come near C. gorinii. Some large-leaved forms from S Ethiopia have been named C. baluensis).
  Saudi Arabia, Dhalak Isl., Yemen (species here under threat, fide Hall & al., Edinb. J. Bot. 65: 131, 2008).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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carte afrique num 7564
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