Dombeya burgessiae Gerrard ex Harv.

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Dombeya burgessiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Dombeya burgessiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Dombeya burgessiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn cliffs, Vumba

Dombeya burgessiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Dombeya burgessiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Dombeya calantha K. Schum.
Dombeya greenwayi Wild
Dombeya johnstonii Baker
Dombeya lasiostylis K. Schum.
Dombeya nyasica Exell
Dombeya rosea Baker f.
Dombeya tanganyikensis Baker f.
Common names: Mupfununu (Shona) Mupfurura (Shona) Pink dombeya (English) Surumene (Shona)
Frequency: Common in the Eastern Highlands, occasional elsewhere
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves large, up to 15 × 15 cm, broadly ovate, 3-5 lobed with rough hairs on both surfaces. Flowers in many-flowered axillary heads, showy, pale to deep pink, 3-5 cm across.
Notes: The flower dries while remaining on the tree to form papery wings, which act as an agent for seed dispersal by wind.
Derivation of specific name: burgessiae after Miss Burgess of Birkenhead.
Habitat: In open woodland, along streams, on rocky outcrops and along forest margins, preferring higher rainfall areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 1370 - 1870 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eagris sabadius ochreana (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Friday 21 February 2014

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Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59.

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Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 398 - 399. (Includes a picture).

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Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 49. as Dombeya rosea

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 179.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 232 - 233. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 522 - 523.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dombeya burgessiae., retrieved 21 October 2021

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