Dombeya magnifolia is a shrub that can grow around 6 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre.
Dombeya magnifolia is classified as 'Data Deficient' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Africa - eastern central Madagascar
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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 is used for tying, and the bark fibre for making rope and coarse textiles[
]. Formerly the bark was beaten with a mallet 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[
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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