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Corkwood

Commiphora spp.

Commiphora

This genus is also known as the corkwoods, these are a species-rich genus containing around 2018 species of flowering plants in the frankincense and myrrh or torchwood family, Burseraceae. These plants have historical and biblical associations as providers of the earliest healing balms and fragrances. The small and unshowy green-white flowers are pollinated by small insects and the fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals. Many species store water in the swollen lower part of their stems and these are utilized by animals for the moisture. The leaves of some species are browsed by game.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Timber is harvested from the trees.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds do not germinate easily, sow fresh seed when ripe.
Cuttings
Hard and semi-hard cuttings root easily.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be used to make Bonsai trees.
Attracts useful insects
Pollinated by insects.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Asia, the western Indian Ocean islands, the Arabian Peninsula, India, and Vietnam.
Natural climate
Temperate to Hot

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Burseraceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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