Commiphora kua

Of all the 5 species of Commiphora on Socotra this is the only one that is not endemic. It is also the only one that is a shrub no taller than 1 meter and is often prostrate, all other species are trees. The papery and peeling bark is also a telltale character.

Elevation: 373 meters.

Native range is Eritrea to Zambia, South Arabian Peninsula.

The following additional species of Commiphora are found on Socotra – all endemic:
Commiphora ornifolia
Commiphora parvifolia
Commiphora planifrons
Commiphora socotrana

Last updated on 23 February 2024