Common Name: Hafotra
Dombeya rubricuspis is a tree[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre.
Dombeya rubricuspis is threatened by habitat loss due to ongoing logging and slash and burn agriculture. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Africa - central Madagascar
Humid forests; at elevations from 900 - 1,700 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[
A fibre obtained from the bark is used for making cordage. Properly prepared fibres can be woven in the same way as jute[
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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