Dombeya rotundifolia var. rotundifolia (Gewone Drolpeer, Common Wild Pear, Nhliziyor) is used medicinally to cure many ailments in southern Africa and other parts of Africa. It is an ideal tree for a small garden.
Dombeya rotundifolia var. rotundifolia Monograph
This monograph contains details of Dombeya rotundifolia var. rotundifolia as per the references cited below. If you can provide any additional information, photos or reliable records, or spot any errors, please leave a comment below or in The Muthi Flora of southern Africa Facebook group
Ethno Medicinal Uses of Dombeya rotundifolia var. rotundifolia
Administered to people: Inner bark is used for weakness of the heart. Bark or wood infusions are administered orally or as enemas for intestinal ulceration. The bark is used in medicines for palpitations and for nausea, especially in pregnant women. Decoctions are allowed to steep and then taken in doses of a small cupful. Root decoctions are taken or administered as enemas for dyspepsia and sharp pains in the stomach. (Hutchings et.al.)
Bark decoctions are used by Kgatla and Shangana women for irregular menses, to hasten the delayed onset of labour and also for procuring an abortion. The Sotho use bark with Euclea undulata for headaches. Roots are used for colic while decoctions from unspecified parts are taken for diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, and intestinal upsets. The bark is used for stomach ailments and fevers and roots for infertility and colic by the Vhavenda. (Hutchings et.al.)
In Zambia, leaves are rubbed on abscesses as counter-irritants while roots and bark are used as tonics. In East Africa, pounded root infusions are administered to children with diarrhoea and boiled roots are used for rheumatism. In West Africa, roots are reported to be used for syphilis. (Hutchings et.al.)
Applied in a magical sense: In eastern Tanzania, root decoctions are rubbed on the body to dispel the effects of witchcraft. In West Africa, roots are reported to be used in rituals. (Hutchings et.al.)
Other: Spokes and other small items are made from the wood.
Dombeya rotundifolia is a drought and fire resistant upright tree that is fast growing in cultivation. Showy, sweetly scented white flowers start blooming on bare branches in July and well into September before the leaves appear. It has tough, fissured bark and is a good bird, insect and butterfly tree. Dombeya rotundifolia is an ideal tree for a small garden. Protect from frost when young. (Wildflower Nursery)
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Hutchings, A., Scott, A.H., Lewis, G., Cunnigham, A.B., (1996). Zulu Medicinal Plants: an inventory. University of Natal
Wildflower Nursery - https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/dombeya-rotundifolia/. Accessed on 2020/01/06