Common Name: Berehoka
Dombeya mandenensis is a shrub or a small tree that can grow up to 8 metres tall with a bole up to 25cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a toothbrush and as a source of wood for fuel.
Even though Dombeya mandenensis occurs within new protected areas, the species knows a continuing decline by habitat loss due mainly to mining and it is threatened by restricted distribution and annual fire and forest exploitation. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
Africa - southeast Madagascar
Humid forests near the coast; at elevations up to 25 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
Found in the wild on sandy soils[
]. 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[
Plants can flower and set fruit all year round[
The flowers are reported to have an odour of jasmine[
The branches can be used to make excellent toothbrushes. They contain a mucilage that helps protect against inflammation of the gums[
The wood is used as fuelwood[
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[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.