Commiphora fischeri Engl.
Commiphora stolzii Engl.
Protium mossambicense Oliv.
Commiphora mossambicensis is a much-branched deciduous tree with a spreading crown growing up to 10 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a food and source of resin for local use[
East Africa - Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Wooded grassland, open woodland, thickets, at elevations from 400 - 1,600 metres[
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A plant of drier areas in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations from 400 - 1,600 metres. It grows in Tanzania in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 500 - 800mm[
Roots - raw[
].. The thick rootstocks of young trees are dug out, peeled and eaten by herdsmen to quench thirst and hunger[
The tree is used as a live fence[
A yellow gum oozes out of cuts in the bark, becoming a hard clear resin on exposure to air[
]. The resin is used for sealing trays[
Carbon from half-burnt wood is used for making local gunpowder[
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