The Genus Commiphora
by Rosario Douglas
Commiphora is a genus in the family Burseraceae that has about 185 species of shrubs and trees. These plants often have thorns. Plants in this genus are found in Africa,
Arabia and the Indian subcontinent. (Wilkipedia)
The name Commiphora is derived from the greek “Kommi” which means gum and “phoros” which means carrier.
The Myrrh tree, found in the horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia) belongs to this genus. This plant was highly priced in ancient times as a constituent of perfumes and incense.
Commiphoras need full sun and well drained soils. Plants are propagated from seed.
Namibia Flora: Swakopmund to the giant Welwitshchia via Goanikontes by Patricia Craven and Christine Marais.