Dombeya dichotoma pubescens Hochr.
Dombeya pubescens is a shtub or a tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre.
Dombeya pubescens is threatened by habitat destruction due to bush fire, logging, and invasive plants such as Pinus trees. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Africa - northern central Madagascar
Evergreen humid forests on volcanic soil and in savoka grassland on granitic rocky outcrops; at elevations from 250 - 1,000 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 fibre is used for cordage. 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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