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Useful Tropical Plants

Kokia drynarioides

(Seem.) Lewton

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Kokia rockii Lewton

Common Name: Kokio

Kokia drynarioides
Flowering tree
Photograph by: David Eickhoff
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General Information

Kokio is a small deciduous tree with large, ornamental flowers, growing up to 8 metres tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The tree has been harvested from the wild for local use as a dye (and probably preservative) for nets.
The tree has become exceedingly rare in the wild due to habitat loss and the invasion of exotic species. In the wild it is reduced to just a few individuals in two areas of Hawaii, as a result it has been classified as 'Critically endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. The plant is also cultivated as an ornamental in gardens[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Pacific - Hawaii.

Habitat

Endemic to Hawaii where it is found in dry forests that occur on rough lava with a thin, extremely well drained soil, at elevations of 455 - 1,915 metres[
353
Title
Hawaii's Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/cwcs/Conservation_need.htm#Species
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets produced by the state Government of Hawaii giving information on some of the most endangered species on the Islands.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark has been used to treat thrush[
353
Title
Hawaii's Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/cwcs/Conservation_need.htm#Species
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets produced by the state Government of Hawaii giving information on some of the most endangered species on the Islands.
].

Other Uses

The bark contains a reddish-brown juice[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used for dyeing ropes and nets[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. (It probably contains tannins[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].)

Propagation

Seed -

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