Assonia antsianakensis Kuntze
Common Name: Makolody
Dombeya antsianakensis is a tree that can grow up to 16 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its good quality fibre.
Dombeya antsianakensis has a fairly wide range in eastern Madagascar and is found growing in several protected areas. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2021)[
Africa - central and eastern Madagascar
Humid forests; at elevations from 30 - 1,250 metres[
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In cultivation, species in this genus generally grow best in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil and a position in full sun or partial shade[
A good quality fibre obtained from the bark is used for making rope and coarse textiles[
]. The fibre is easy to prepare, especially that of young plants. It is usually extracted after retting and combed. The bark was formerly made into barkcloth[
Seed is very small but can be extracted from fully ripened, dry flower heads. Its viability declines within 3 months, so fresh seed has to be used for sowing. Seed is to be sown in properly drained seedbeds. Seedlings emerge in about 3 weeks[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood, preferably with some bottom heat to encourage rooting[
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