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Commiphora capensis

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Author:  Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1883
Family:  BURSERACEAE
Origin:  Northern Cape, Cape Province, South Arica
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 centimetres
Height:  80 centimetres
Flower:  Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Namaqua Corkwood
Synonyms:  Balsamodendrum capense Sond.
This member of the Burseraceae  family was described by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler inn 1883. It is found in the northern-western and southern South Africa, growing in cracks of the limestone. The stem can grow to 15 centimetres in diameter, the whole bush can reach 80 centimetres. The flowers are greenish-yellow.

The genera name from Greek kommi; 'gum' and Greek -phoros; 'carrying' for the balsam-like scented resin. The species name meand 'from the cape'.


The fruit and the exposed seed.