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Commiphora harveyi

   (Family: Burseraceae)
Afrikaans: Kanniedood, Bruinkanniedood, Rooistamkanniedood English: Copper-stem Corkwood, Corkwood Xhosa: umHlunguthi Zulu: iMinyela, umuMbu  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
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Preferred position:
Full Sun
Biome: Savanna
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
  Flower info
  Flowers small trumpet-shaped, more or less clustered, few in slender inflorescences, c 2 mm long, cream. They grow in tight bundles in the angle between the leaf and branchlet.
Leaf shape EDIT
  Leaf scent
  Resinous smell when crushed.
Leaf size 030mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Leaves with three or five leaflets, stalk very slender, up to 3 cm long; leaflets well spaced, thin, oval, tapering to tip, blunt, slightly toothed, up to 6 cm long x 2,5 cm wide. The elliptical leaflets have slightly toothed margin, a broad base and sharp tip.
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Seed colour
  Seed info EDIT
  The berry-like fruit ripens to a pinkish-red and splits open when ripe to expose a black seed covered by four pale red or yellow, fleshy fingers.
Description EDIT
Medium-sized tree, hairless throughout. Bark yellowish, peeling off in thin papery sheets.
Growing EDIT
Guard against overwatering, as it will cause the trees to rot quickly.
Frost-tender and should not be planted in areas that are prone to frost.

Seed should be sown fresh at the beginning of the growing season in a sandy well drained seedling mixture and lightly covered with sand. Place the trays in a warm well lit position out of direct sunlight and keep damp until the seedlings have germinated, after which the trays can be slightly dried out between watering. Once established the seedlings can be transplanted into individual containers with well drained soil to grow larger. Seedling development is generally slow but increases with time.
Distribution EDIT
Found in bushveld, dry woodland and coastal dune forest in KwaZulu-Natal.
History EDIT
Fences are easily grown from poles cut from this tree.
The soft heartwood is chewed to quench thirst.
Makes good bonsai tree.
Ecology EDIT
Monkeys and bird eat the seeds.
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