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Dombeya kirkii

   (Family: Malvaceae)
Afrikaans: Rivierdrolpeer English: River Dombeya  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2 - 15m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred altitude: 700 - 2100m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Biome: Thicket
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower info
  Flower-buds subglobose. Flowers less than 1/2 in. in diam., white. Sepals oblong-lanceolate. Petals obliquely cuneate, retuse, double the length of the calyx. Filaments free nearly to the base. Ovar downy. Stigmas 2–5 included.
Leaf shape EDIT
  Leaf info EDIT
  Leaves cordate-ovate, acuminate, often more or less 3-lobed. Lobes acute or acuminate, coarsely and irregularly crenate-serrate. Peduncles axillary and terminal, longer than the leafstalks; pedicels slender, 1–2 in. long with spreading villi.
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit size Length: 4mm   Width: 6mm
  Seed info EDIT
  Globose capsule. 0.4 - 0.6 cm in diameterr, covered in whitish silky hairs, surrounded by the dried papery petals.
Description EDIT
Much-branchet tree to 15 m, sometimes flowering as a perennial shrub ±2-3 m tall.
Bark smooth, grey to brown; branchlets densely hairy.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Eastern Africa - Ethiopia, eastern Zaire, Uganda and Kenya, south to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Woodland and bushland, on limestone ridges and rocky slopes; riverine thickets; dry deciduous forest on deep sandy alluvium fringing a seasonal watercourse; forest regrowth.
History EDIT
The generic name commemorates Joseph Dombey (1742–1794), a French botanist and explorer in South America.

kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. A decoction of the root is drunk as a treatment against yaws and abdominal pain.

Source of wood.
The branches are used in construction and for making bows and arrows, spear shafts and tool handles.

It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
Ecology EDIT
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