Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Commiphora glaucescens Engl.

Commiphora glaucescens


Family: Burseraceae
Full name: Commiphora glaucescens Engl.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Bloublaar kanniedood
English common name(s): Blue-leaved corkwood
Synonym(s): Commiphora hereroensis Schinz
Commiphora pruinosa Engl.
Status: Near-endemic
Description: Dioecious tree 2-8 m tall with a single trunk or shrub-like tree 1 -2 m tall with a trunk branching near ground level; bark yellowish brown to reddish brown, peeling in papery pieces or discoid flakes of the same colour; young branchlets glabrous or sparsely pilose to densely pilose, not spine-tipped. Leaves simple, glabrous or sparsely pilose to densely pilose, glaucous or pale green, subsessile, elliptic or broadly elliptic seldom obovate, (15-)40(-100) x (8-)25(-60) mm, margin entire, apex usually truncate, seldom refuse or acute, base truncate or cuneate. Inflorescence: simple or compound dichasial cymes or thyrsoid, up to 80 mm long, glabrous or pilose to densely pilose, often with leaf-like bracts up to 10 x 7 mm. Flowers unisexual, perigynous. Pedicel 2-10 mm long, pedicel, calyx and corolla glabrous or sparsely pilose to pilose. Disc 8-lobed, upper part of lobes free but lower part adnate to hypanthium. Stamens 8. Fruit ellipsoid, 11 x 6 x 4 mm, glabrous or pilose; putamen smooth; pseudo-aril red, cupular with 4 or 3 short lobes, covering lower quarter to third of putamen, 2 commissural lobes slightly longer than 2 facial lobes, lobe on more convex face of putamen in some cases undeveloped. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 07 Jul 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/10 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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