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Useful Tropical Plants

Dombeya subviscosa

Hochr.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Dombeya ambongensis Arènes

Dombeya ambongensis ihosyensis Arènes

Dombeya ambongensis sakarahae Arènes

Dombeya ankarafantsikae Arènes

Dombeya boeniensis Arènes

Dombeya mafimafy Arènes

Common Name: Sely Ara

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General Information

Dombeya subviscosa is a usually deciduous large shrub or a small to large tree, usually up to 10 metres tall but sometimes up to 25 metres. The bole is usually around 20 - 30cm in diameter, exceptionally to 50cm[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre and wood.
Dombeya subviscosa is threatened mainly by the destruction of its habitat, causing a continuing decline in the number of subpopulations, quality of its habitat and area of occurrence. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
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Description
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.

Range

Africa - northwestern, southern and southwestern Madagascar

Habitat

Dry forests, forest remnants, bush and transitional forests; at elevations up to 850 metres[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Plants are found in the wild on sandy and rocky soils[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. 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[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark yields a good fibre for rope-making[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
]. (As Dombeya boeniensis)
The bark yields a good fibre used for making rope and for coarse weaving. The fibre is said to be particularly strong and ropes made from it are used for pulling heavy loads. The fibre was formerly used for tying together pieces of frameworks[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. (As Dombeya ambongensis)

The wood is white and soft, and not much used[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It is used for furniture, construction and fencing[
1949
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of Dombeya Sect. Decastemon (Malvaceae)
Publication
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 99(4):553-619. 2014.
Author
Applequist W.L.
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.3417/2011113
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A detailed revision of a section of this large genus.
].

Propagation

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[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Cuttings of semi-ripe wood, preferably with some bottom heat to encourage rooting[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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