1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Dombeya Cav.
      1. Dombeya kirkii Mast.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal.

    [FTEA]

    Sterculiaceae, Martin Cheek & Laurence Dorr; Nesogordonia, Laurence Dorr, Lisa Barnett. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

    Leaves
    Leaves ovate to broadly ovate or suborbicular, usually unlobed, rarely shallowly 3-lobed, 3.5–18 cm long, 2–13 cm wide, acuminate or subacuminate, rarely acute or rounded, margin evenly or irregularly serrate or crenate toothed, base cordate, upper surface sparsely stellatepuberulous, lower surface pubescent; petiole 1.5–9 cm long; stipules lanceolatesubulate, 0.4–0.7 cm long, 0.1–0.15 cm wide, pubescent, caducous
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence axillary, 3–12.5 cm long, the two main branches bearing numerous subumbellate, 3–5-flowered clusters on short branches or single flowers; peduncle 1.9–7.2 cm; bracts and bracteoles not seen; pedicels 0.7–1.5 cm, shortly stellate to villous; epicalyx bracts inserted on calyx base or pedicel, ligulate–oblong, 0.3–0.4 cm long, caducous
    Calyx
    Calyx lobes reflexed, lanceolate, 0.4–0.7 cm long, 0.1–0.2 cm wide, acuminate
    Corolla
    Petals white, spreading, 0.7–1.3 cm long, 0.4–0.7 cm wide.
    Androecium
    Androecium 0.6–0.8 cm long; staminal tube dilating towards apex, 0.1 cm long; staminodes 0.5–0.7 cm long; longest stamen 0.3–0.45 cm; anthers ± 0.15 cm long; ovary tube dilating towards apex, 0.1 cm long; staminodes 0.5–0.7 cm long; longest stamen 0.3–0.5 cm; anthers ± 0.15 cm long
    Ovary
    Ovary globose, tomentose; style 0.2–0.3 cm long, glabrous, 3-branched
    Fruits
    Capsule oblate, 0.4–0.6 cm diameter, tomentose; seeds 0.2–0.3 cm long, ± 0.2 cm wide, dull pale brown, rugose
    Figures
    Fig 12: 1–3, p 71
    Ecology
    Forest edge, Acacia bushland, bushland on rocky slopes; 600–2400 m
    Conservation
    A widespread and common taxon, here assessed as of Least Concern.
    Type
    Types: Malawi, 16° S, Meller s.n. (K, lecto., chosen by Seyani, 1991); Mozambique, Lupata, Kirk s.n. (K, syn.)
    Habit
    Small tree or shrub 2–15 m tall; stems terete, densely pubescent to subglabrous, hairs simple, stellate and subsessile-glandular
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U2 U3 U 4 ; K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T7 Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa
    [FZ]

    Sterculiaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Much-branched shrub or small tree up to c. 9 m. tall; young branches tomentellous or densely pubescent, dark brown and glabrescent later; bark smooth and light grey.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina up to 13 × 10 cm., ovate, usually unlobed, rarely shallowly 3-lobed, apex acuminate, cordate at the base, margin irregularly crenate-serrate, base cordate and 5 (7)-nerved, thinly scaberulous-pubescent above, softly and rather thinly pubescent below, nerves fairly prominent below; petiole up to 5·5 cm. long, densely pubescent or glabrescent; stipules c. 5 mm. long, very caducous, subulate, tomentose.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, in many-flowered axillary panicles; peduncles slender, densely pubescent with both long and short stellate hairs; pedicels up to c. 2 cm. long, with similar indumentum; bracts c. 4 mm. long, very caducous, linear-lanceolate, densely pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx-lobes c. 7 × 1·5 mm., narrowly lanceolate-acuminate, tomentellous outside.
    Corolla
    Petals c. 1 × 0·6 cm., very obliquely cuneate.
    Androecium
    Stamens united below for c. 1 mm.; staminodes c. 6 mm. long, narrowly linear, glabrous.
    Pistil
    Ovary depressed-globose, tomentose; loculi glabrous inside; ovules 2 (3) per loculus; style 2 mm. long, glabrous; stigmas 3, recurved.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 5 mm. in diam., depressed-globose, somewhat 3-lobed, tomentose.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 3 × 2 mm., dark brown, usually 1 per loculus, obovoid; testa almost smooth or very minutely reticulate.

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Dombeya kirkii Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 1, 1982 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000241086
    Aug 1, 1982 Dawe [182] K000241114 Unknown type material
    Aug 1, 1982 Dawe [182] K000241115 Unknown type material
    Aug 1, 1982 Warnecke [480] K000241112
    Aug 1, 1982 Holst, C. [8993], Tanzania K000241110 Unknown type material
    Aug 1, 1982 Holst, C. [9171] K000241111
    Aug 1, 1982 Hildebrandt, J.M. [s.n.] K000241113 Unknown type material
    Aug 1, 1982 Hannington, J. [s.n.], Tanzania K000241109
    Aug 1, 1982 Meller, C. J. [s.n.] K000241085

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 227 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Cheek, M. & Dorr, L. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Sterculiaceae: 1-134.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Cheek, M. & Dorr, L. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Sterculiaceae: 1-134.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fl. Eth. 2, 2: 170 (1995).
    • K.T.S.L.: 164 (1994 )
    • Dombeya in Africa: 112 (1991)
    • Blundell, Wild Fl. E Africa: t. 189 (1987)
    • Seyani, Dombeya: 152 (1982)
    • F.C.B. 10: 247 (1963)
    • F.Z. 1: 527 (1961)
    • E.M. 5: 39 (1900)
    • F.T.A. 1: 227 (1868)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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