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Adansonia rubrostipa

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Author:  H.L. Jumelle & J.M  de la Bāthie, 1909
Family:  BOMBACACEAE*
Origin:  Western Madagascar
Soil:  Sand - Limestone
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2 Meters
Height:  5-25 Metres
Flower:  Dark Red
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Adansonia fony, Baillion, 1890.
Adansonia fony var. rubrostipa, H.Perrier

This member of the
Bombacaceae* family was given this name by Henri Lucien Jumelle and Joseph Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie 1909. It is found on the west coast of Madagascar from Itampolo in the southwest to Soalala in the northwest, in the dry deciduous forests on sand or limestone. The stem will grow up to two metres in diameter, the hole plant will be from five to twenty-five metres high.

Information supplied by Edward Fletcher.

The genera is named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson,1727-1806. The species name means 'red grass' which actually describe the flower well.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Bombacaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.


Note the serrated leaf edges.


Flower photo by: Ferdinand Poilodan