Dombeya cacuminum. Madagascar
STERCULEACEAE (Sterculia family)

Evergreen, tree with large, alternate maple-shaped leaves and foot wide-clusters of coral red flowers, which drop to the ground pror to drying, creating an interesting garden effect. Our trees were transplanted from 15 gallon containers at the north side of the Faculty Club in February, 2008, and Margaret Jacks Hall (bottom of stairs near a lamppost) in December, 2007. One specimen is still in the Ground's nursery.

Dombeya has been placed by some taxonomists in the Byttneriaceae family, a recent division from the Sterculia family (Sterculiaceae).

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Name derivation, genus | species Joseph Dombey, an 18th-century French botanist |

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