Common Name: Afomagna
Dombeya coria is an evergren shrub or a small tree; it can grow up to 15 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its good quality fibre.
Dombeya coria is facing a continuing decline in the quality of habitat and on the number of subpopulations and mature individuals through habitat loss due to slash and burn agriculture and selective logging. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Africa - central and eastern Madagascar
Evergreen and humid forests, along streams; at elevations up to 1,200 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[
The bark yields excellent fibre for rope making. It was also used for attaching pieces of wood before nails were used for this purpose[
The bark was formerly beaten with a mallet in order to obtain barkcloth, later the fibre was extracted by crushing the bark, after which the fibre was combed or scutched, making it suitable for spinning and weaving. Nowadays, the bark is retted to obtain the fibre. The fibre is stored to have it at hand when needed[
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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