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Useful Tropical Plants

Dombeya decanthera

Cav.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Assonia bojeriana (Baill.) Kuntze

Assonia decanthera (Cav.) Kuntze

Assonia manaharica (Baill.) Kuntze

Cavanilla decanthera (Cav.) J.F.Gmel.

Dombeya bojeriana Baill.

Dombeya farafanganica Arènes

Dombeya farafanganica latipetala Arènes

Dombeya manaharica Baill.

Melhania decanthera (Cav.) DC.

Pentapetes decanthera (Cav.) Poir.

Trochetia decanthera (Cav.) Benth.

Common Name:

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General Information

Dombeya decanthera is sometimes a shrub or more commonly a small tree that can grow up to 12 metres tall with a bole around 10cm in diameter[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
]. The subspecies farafanganica is recorded as growing up to 30 metres tall[
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre and wood.
Dombeya decanthera is threatened by habitats loss due to logging and slash and burn which are continuously practiced. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.

Range

Africa - southeast Madagascar

Habitat

Humid forests, on lateritic soils; at elevations from near sea level to 458 metres, perhaps occasionally to 1,000 metres[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
]

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Plants are found in the wild on thin soils and gneiss[
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
]. 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[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

Fibre from the bark is used for making rope. Properly prepared, it can be woven in the same way as jute. The bark was formerly made into barkcloth[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

The wood is used for making poles and posts[
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
]. (This refers to subspecies latipetala).

Propagation

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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood, preferably with some bottom heat to encourage rooting[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
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