Dombeya ferruginea (Bois de Senteur Bleu).


They are dioecious shrubs; never trees or bushes.  Young branches and growing parts are covered with a rosy colour, which turns into a smooth bark and darkens with age.  Leaf blade is oval to elliptical, rounded pointed at the top, rosy or white with the inferior surface covered with hairs.  Margins are more or less serrated.

 Inflorescence is a cymose arrangement having at most 5 regular or irregular branching.  2 bracts are present on the peduncle of the first branchings.  Bracteoles of the epicalyx are light and flattened, found below the top of the floral pedicel.  Sepals of male flowers are coloured with rust on the exterior.  Petals are white, slightly asymmetrical.  Androthecium is composed of 5 groups of 3 stamens alternating with 5 staminodiums or sometimes placed irregularly.  Characteristic antherial staminodia are noted due to their thicker filaments.  Gynaecium is composed of a reduced stigma. 

 Female flowers are smaller than sepals.  Androecium is sterile with empty anthers.  Ovary is with free stigma, which curled at maturity.  Seed is with variable number, rarely 10.