Commiphora marlothii (SA Tree No. 278) is often a very striking and attractive tree. The rugged granite rock terrain of its habitat helps, of course, as do the sometimes sprawling branch postures and unusual shapes it sometimes displays. And the sheets of loosely dangling bark render it an eye-catching quality.
The tree exudes a yellowish, aromatic, milky latex when bruised. The wood is too soft for anything like carpentry. The flakes of papery bark are sometimes used to write on, which is possible, but not necessarily very sensible, unless there is an absolute shortage. This feature brought the common name of paper bark, or papierbas in Afrikaans. The roots are said to be edible, tasting sweet, although this is probably not a widespread practice (Schmidt, et al, Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park).
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