Dombeya shupangae K. Schum.

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Synonyms: Dombeya spectabilis sensu Sim
Common names: Large-leaved wild pear (English)
Status: Native
Small tree. Leaves broadly ovate to sub-circular, up to 20 cm long, leathery, 5-7-veined from the base, occasionally somewhat lobed; margin irregularly toothed in the apical half. Flowers in branched axillary heads, white to pale pink. Fruit a subspherical capsule, surrounded by the dried petals, which act as wings to aid dispersal by wind.
Notes: Note: this species appears to be very similar to D. rotundifolia except for its larger leaves. The most important difference concerns the ovary, which is covered in very small, brown, club-shaped papillae and not with hairs. This feature can only be seen with a strong lens.
Derivation of specific name: shupangae: of Shupanga, a mission on the banks of the lower Zambezi in Mozambique, where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Occurring in woodland and along the margins of low-altitude evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 589. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 20.

Seyani, J.H. (1991). The Genus Dombeya (Sterculiaceae) in Continental Africa Opera Bot. Belg. 2 Pages 109 - 111.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 519 - 526. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dombeya shupangae., retrieved 23 June 2021

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