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Author: Heinrich Gustav Adolf  Engler, 1883
Origin:  Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  1,5 Meter
Flower:  Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Kanniedood
Synonyms:  Amyris kataf, Forssk.1775.
Commiphora gallaensis
, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1912.
Commiphora erythraea
, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler.
Hemprichia inermis,
G. Ehrenberg.
Hemprichia erythraea,
G. Ehrenberg.
Heudelotia africana,
Guill. Perr.
Balsamodendrum kataf ,
Commiphora schimperi
, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler
Balsamodendrum africanum
, Arn.
Commiphora holtziana
, Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler, 1904.
Commiphora pseudopaolii
, Jan Bevington Gillett, 1991.

This member of the Burseraceae family was given this name by Heinrich Gustav Adolf  Engler in 1883. It if found in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Yemen, growing in grit or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow up to 25 centimetres in diameter and one and a half meter high.

The genera name from Greek kommi; 'gum' and Greek -phoros; 'carrying' for the balsam-like scented resin. The species name after the town of Kataf.