African Plant Database

Commiphora kua (R. Br. ex Royle) Vollesen
Protologue : Nord. J. Bot. 4(1): 37 (1984)
Information on the genus : Commiphora
Basionym : Balsamodendrum kua R. Br. ex Royle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Balsamodendrum kua R. Br. ex Royle (1847)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Commiphora bruceae Chiov. (1941)
=Commiphora ellenbeckii Engl. (1905)
=Commiphora gowlello Sprague (1927)
=Commiphora kua var. gowlello (Sprague) J.B. Gillett (1991)
=Commiphora gracilispina J.B. Gillett (1991)
=Commiphora habessinica subsp. tanganyikensis J.B. Gillett (1991)
=Commiphora incisa Chiov. (1916)
=Commiphora lindensis Engl. (1905)
=Commiphora habessinica (O. Berg) Engl.
=Commiphora habessinica (O. Berg) Engl. subsp. habessinica
=Balsamodendrum habessinica O. Berg
=Commiphora candidula Sprague (1927)
=Commiphora habessinica var. crenulata A. Terracc.
=Commiphora flaviflora Engl.
=Commiphora crenulata A. Terracc. ex Chiov. (1915)
=Commiphora atramentaria Chiov. (1932)
=Commiphora subsessilifolia Engl. (1905)
=Commiphora dancaliensis Chiov. (1915)
=Commiphora salubris Engl. (1917)
=Commiphora assaortensis Chiov. (1932)
=Balsamodendrum abyssinicum O. Berg
=*Commiphora abyssinica (O. Berg) Engl. (1883)
=Commiphora habessinica var. simplicifolia Schweinf. quoad plantas africanas
=Commiphora madagascariensis auct. (1797) non Jacq., sensu Wild, Fl. Zambesiaca typo solo exepto, sensu Vollesen, Fl. Ethiop. Vol. 3 (1989), sensu White, For. Fl. North Rhod. (1962)
=Commiphora playfairii auct. sensu Chiov. quoad Ruspoli & Riva 1073 (970), non (Hook.f.) Engl.
=*Commiphora rivae auct. sensu Chiov. quoad Ruspoli & Riva 384 (226), non Engl.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1-6 m tall, sometimes subscandent; outer bark peeling off in broad dull yellow or grey transverse strips; long-shoots spine-tipped, straight, tapering, rather stout (± 2 mm across 4 cm below the tip); short spines also present.
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Ecology : Open Acacia, Commiphora bushland on rocky slopes; lake-shore; bushed grassland; often abundant; ravine and riverine thickets; valley forest; red sandy soil; semi-evergreen thickets in the coastal belt; on alluvium and on dunes; 2-1900 m alt.
  Very variable.
  Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Socotra.Also in Malawi. Not in Sudan (= C. quadricincta), except in the Imatong Mts.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa Burseraceae: 19-20 (1991)
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carte afrique num 7565
Record n°7565
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