Commiphora (Eng.), Kanniedood (Afr.)
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.