Dombeya tulearensis is a much-branched shrub or a smallt tree that can grow up to 9 metres tall. The bole can be up to 20cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre.
Dombeya tulearensis is found in three protected areas. It is threatened mainly by the destruction of its habitat which will induce a continuing decline in the number of subpopulations and quality of its habitat. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Africa - southern Madagascar
Dry (or sometimes subhumid) forests and brush, growing on sand or rocky soils including granite ,sometimes also found along waterways; at elevations from 100 - 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 flowers are sweetly scented[
A good quality fibre obtained from the bark is used for making ropes[
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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