Common Name: Silver Dombeya
Dombeya pulchra is usually a shrub growing up to 400cm tall, occasionally becoming a tree up to 7 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental.
Dombeya pulchra has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Southern Africa - Swaziland, northern S. Africa (Northern Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal)
Rocky hills, streambanks, tall grass with scattered shrubs[
]. Cooler regions with a fairly high rainfall, on rocky hills, in tall grass with scattered shrubs, on the edge of kloofbush or in damp places on banks of streams[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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 leaves and stem are used in the treatment of glaucoma[
The roots are used to treat sexual immaturity[
Fruit baskets are made from the bark fibre[
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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