A very variable species that has, in the past, been treated as a number of distinct species[
Dombeya gilgiana K.Schum.
Dombeya gillettii Gilli
Dombeya kituiensis Baill. ex Hochr.
Dombeya laxiflora K.Schum.
Dombeya mukole Sprague
Dombeya umbraculifera K.Schum.
Dombeya warneckei Engl.
Dombeya kirkii is a much-branched, deciduous shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Eastern Africa - Ethiopia, eastern Zaire, Uganda and Kenya, south to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Woodland and bushland, on limestone ridges and rocky slopes; riverine thickets; dry deciduous forest on deep sandy alluvium fringing a seasonal watercourse; forest regrowth; at elevations from 90 - 2,100 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants can commence flowering when just 2 - 3 metres tall[
A decoction of the root is drunk as a treatment against yaws and abdominal pain[
The bark is made into cordage[
The branches are used in construction and for making bows and arrows, spear shafts and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
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