An evolving genus that currently holds about 250 species of flowering plants endemic to Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands. It has been moved from the family Sterculiaceae.
Joseph Dombey was at the center of the “Dombey affair”, embroiling scientists and governments of France, Spain, and Britain for more than two years. Dombey was involved in political affairs, which ultimately led to his death in 1794 at the hands of British privateers. His botanical collections that were shipped from South America to France were intercepted, captured, and sent to the British Museum where they are exhibited to this day. The Spaniards also confiscated one of his South American specimen collections.
Name Derivation: Named for Joseph Dombey, 18th century French botanist.
Dombeya is in the family Malvaceae.