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Amyris kataf Forssk.
Commiphora allophylla Sprague
Commiphora erythraea (Ehrenb.) Engl.
Commiphora holtziana Engl.
Commiphora lughensis Chiov.
Commiphora pseudopaolii J.B.Gillett
Commiphora somalensis Engl.
Hemprichia erythraea Ehrenb.
Commiphora kataf is an unarmed, deciduous shrub or small tree, growing up to 8 metres, occasionally to 10 metres tall[
]. The bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter and unbranched for up to 5 metres[
The tree yields a gum resin.
Northeast tropical Africa - Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania.
Acacia-Commiphora woodlands, wooded grassland and bushland and dry coastal bushland, often on rocky slopes, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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A plant of semi-arid areas in the tropics, where it is found at elevations from near sea level to over 1,500 metres[
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.
The plant can be pollarded or coppiced[
The resin is used to treat stomach disorders[
The plant is used medicinally[
]. No more information is given.
The stems are probably a source of the gum resin 'Bursa Opopanax', which is used in perfumery, as an incense and as an insecticide[
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