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Useful Tropical Plants

Dombeya umbellata

Cav.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Assonia umbellata Kuntze

Cavanilla umbellata J.F.Gmel.

Common Name: Mahot Blanc

Dombeya umbellata
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Charles Rakotovao
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General Information

Dombeya umbellata is a tree growing up to 15 metres tall[
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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1953
Title
Flore des Mascareignes la Réunion, Maurice, Rodrigues 51. Malvacées à 62. Oxalidacées
Publication
 
Author
Bosser J., Cadet Th., Guého J. & Marais W. (Editors)
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.
Year
1987
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre and wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

605
Title
Flore de L'Ile de la Reunion
Publication
 
Author
E. Jacob De Cordemoy
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Librairie Medicale & Scientifique; Paris.
Year
1895
ISBN
 
Description
Not really a flora, more a list of the plants known at that time. It often includes a brief description of habit and habitat, plus the local uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
1953
Title
Flore des Mascareignes la Réunion, Maurice, Rodrigues 51. Malvacées à 62. Oxalidacées
Publication
 
Author
Bosser J., Cadet Th., Guého J. & Marais W. (Editors)
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.
Year
1987
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Africa - Réunion.

Habitat

Semi-ard areas; at elevations from 500 - 800 metres, occasionally to 1,200 metres[
1953
Title
Flore des Mascareignes la Réunion, Maurice, Rodrigues 51. Malvacées à 62. Oxalidacées
Publication
 
Author
Bosser J., Cadet Th., Guého J. & Marais W. (Editors)
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.
Year
1987
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark is fibrous. It has been used for making rope and rough tissue[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
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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.
].

The wood is light in weight. It has been used for making rafts[
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.
].

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.
].
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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