Dombeya rotundifolia (Hochst.) Planch.

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Dombeya rotundifolia

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Prince of Wales View, Mutare

Dombeya rotundifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Prince of Wales View, Mutare

Dombeya rotundifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Dombeya rotundifolia

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Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Dombeya cerasiflora Exell
Dombeya densiflora Planch. ex Harv.
Dombeya reticulata sensu auct.
Common names: Mukondotowa (Shona) Mupunduru (Shona) Musiyasitu (Shona) Mutohwechuru (Shona) Mutondokatura (Shona) Mutongotowa (Shona) Umwane (Ndebele) Wild pear (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small deciduous tree with leathery, near-orbicular leaves, roughly hairy; 3-5-veined from the base. It is unmistakable when in a white blaze of flowers. The flowers may occasionally be pink. They turn a dirty brown colour with age and persist on the tree for a long time. In this way they form wings to the developing fruit and act as an agent for seed dispersal.
Derivation of specific name: rotundifolia: round-leaved
Habitat: Found in a wide range of habitats and altitudes, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 1160 - 1520 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Anaphe reticulata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007

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Seyani, J.H. (1991). The Genus Dombeya (Sterculiaceae) in Continental Africa Opera Bot. Belg. 2 Pages 96 - 102. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dombeya rotundifolia., retrieved 20 May 2024

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