Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Commiphora pyracanthoides Engl.

Commiphora pyracanthoides

Spiny branch end with flower

Family: Burseraceae
Full name: Commiphora pyracanthoides Engl.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Gewone kanniedood, Kanniedood, Kurkbossie
English common name(s): Firethorn corkwood, (Small) common corkwood
Synonym(s): -
Status: Native
Description: Dioecious or polygamous many-stemmed shrub, 0.5-3 m tall, occasionally a small tree with single trunk up to 3 m tall; bark greyish green or yellowish green, flaking in small yellowish papery pieces; young branchlets glabrous, spine-tipped. Leaves usually simple but on long shoots often trifoliolate with smaller lateral leaflets, with long glandular hairs at base but otherwise glabrous, green, subsessile, margin finely crenate-serrate, occasionally almost entire, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate, lamina of simple leaves/terminal leaflet elliptic, narrowly obovate or obovate, (16-)25(-55) x (8-)16(-32) mm, lateral leaflets narrowly elliptic or elliptic, (4-)8(-12) x (2-)3(-10) mm. Inflorescence: reduced cymes of flowers borne in clusters. Flowers unisexual or bisexual, hypogynous. Pedicel 0.5-1 mm long, pedicel and calyx without glandular hairs (glabrous). Disc 4-lobed, folded to form 4 large lobes towards the outside, inside of lobes deeply grooved, not adnate to perianth. Stamens 8. Fruit ellipsoid to subglobose, 11 x 8 x 7 mm, glabrous; putamen rugose, with a hump on less convex race; pseudo-aril red, with 4 arms of equal length reaching almost to apex of putamen. (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: 18 Dec 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/1250 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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