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Dombeya ×cayeuxii

Dombeya x cayeuxii

A thank you to Rosa, aka contemplar@Flickr for contributing today's photograph from Jardim da Estrela (original image via the BPotD Flickr Group Pool). If you haven't visited recently, be sure to visit Rosa's weblog, Blog De Cheiros. Thank you, Rosa!

It is little surprise that this plant is growing in Lisbon, Portugal; it is named after Henri Cayeaux, who was the director of the Botanic Garden of Lisbon during the late 19th / early 20th century. Considering Cayeux's work with hybridization of other plants, it is very likely he was also the plant breeder responsible for this cross, thought to be between Dombeya burgessiae and Dombeya wallichii.

The common name for this plant is pink ball dombeya or pink snowball. One of its parents, Dombeya wallichii, has the common name of tropical hydrangea (though it is not a hydrangea).


Hi Daniel, You are very welcome to Jardim da estrela (Garden of the star).

Dombeya x cayeuxii - Z10 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Combeya x cayeuxii - min. 50 degrees F/10 degrees C. - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

Thank you very much for this charming picture;the flowers look so very delicate. I have been to Lisboa many years ago, and since then I am dreaming of returning to this beautiful city one day.

A clarification, in case anyone is wondering after following the links - the family Sterculiaceae is now widely treated as part of the family Malvaceae.

its lovely

Lovely photo, especially with the dark background, it makes me think of ballerina's tutus!

I live in southern California and saw a Dombeya cayeuxii today. I'd like to know where I can purchase one.


I have been searching for Dombeya in Southern California too and have not found a nursery that carries them. But it might be possible to special order one.

I don't know about Cayeuxii specifically, but there is a similar one called Dombeya Wallichii available from SM Growers. A list of retailers that sell their plants is on their website: smgrowers.com. Dombeya Wallichii is also available from glasshouseworks.com.

This variety is also planted in the Jardim Botânico da Ajuda in Lisbon. We saw it today in full bloom.

I would like to introduce myself.I was in S.Africa
for a plant visit.I was just impressed with the Bombeya's there.Hope you can recommend me the growers who import these plants to Singapore.We are also buy plants from Australia too.Hope you would responses to my email.

Heb deze nu in het echt in Lagos gezien in eerste week van maart.
Prachtig. Fantastisch!!!!!

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