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Commiphora neglecta

Green-stemmed Corkwood (english)
Groenstamkanniedood (afrikaans)
mundalindali (venda)
iminyela (zulu)


Genus Commiphora
Specie neglecta
SA Plant Number 283
Basionym Commiphora neglecta

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Commiphora neglecta is a deciduous, small, mostly multi-stemmed tree is surprisingly hardy for a Commiphora.The truly beautiful feature of this tree is its gorgeous pale golden peeling bark which reveals a green stem beneath.It has pretty, trifoliate leaves and is very spiny.

The insignificant yellowish flowers are borne from September to October.These are followed by round, red fruits with red pseudarils and, although they can persist on the tree until May, they seldom do as they are much sought after by birds.

They grow in the very hot parts of our country, are very drought resistant and live up to their name ‘kanniedood’.The roots can be eaten like sugarcane hence one of the common names which is ‘Sweet Root’.This tough looking tree makes an interesting form and container plant.

Plant in sun or semi-shade in well-drained soil in a protected part of the garden.

Size: 3 to 5 m




Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal


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