Dombeya kirkii Mast.

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Dombeya kirkii

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Dombeya kirkii

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Dombeya gilgiana K.Schum.
Dombeya laxiflora K. Schum.
Dombeya umbraculifera K. Schum.
Common names: River dombeya (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Bark smooth, grey to brown; branchlets densely hairy. Leaves broadly ov. ate, up to 13 × 10 cm, not lobed or only very shallowly so, 5-7-veined from the base, very roughly hairy above, softly hairy below; margin scalloped or toothed. Flowers borne in profusion in axillary clusters, white, c. 1.3 cm in diameter, appearing with the new leaves. Fruit a round capsule, c. 5 mm in diameter, covered in whitish silky hairs, surrounded by the dried papery petals.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: In riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, NE Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 January 2008

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Seyani, J.H. (1991). The Genus Dombeya (Sterculiaceae) in Continental Africa Opera Bot. Belg. 2 Pages 112 - 117. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 527.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dombeya kirkii., retrieved 25 October 2016

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