Common Wild Pear

Gewone drolpeer – Dombeya rotundifolia

  • Member of the cocoa family
  • Grey hairy caterpillars may be seen moving about the tree like participants in some important nocturnal procession in search of food. (They are the larvae of the bagnest moth Anaphe reticulata) ·
  • During the day they shelter in large clusters at the base of the tree, they pupate in a single large silken bag
  • The tree is also a food plant of the spiky larvae of the arrow sphynx moth, Lophostetbus duma!inii, which is the largest of the hawk moths in South Africa
  • The thick bark gives it the ability to resist fire.