Bikkia australis DC.
Bikkia comptonii S.Moore
Bikkia forsteriana Brongn.
Bikkia grandiflora Reinw. ex Blume
Bikkia hombroniana Brongn.
Bikkia mariannensis Brongn.
Bikkia tetrandra A.Gray
Bikkiopsis comptonii (S.Moore) Baum.-Bod.
Cormigonus mariannensis (Brongn.) W.Wight
Cormigonus tetrandus (L.f.) Kuntze
Hoffmannia amicorum Spreng.
Petesia carnosa Hook. & Arn.
Portlandia tetrandra L.f.
Common Name: Torchwood
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Torchwood is an attractive, evergreen shrub or small tree growing 1 - 3 metres tall[
The wood is gathered from the wild for use as torches and candles. The attractive flowers are used in garlands[
Pacific - New Guinea to the west Pacific.
Most commonly found on exposed, limestone cliff faces and on limestone boulders near the sea on the Island of Guam[
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Succeeds in pure limestone[
]. Growing on cliffs near the sea, this species should be tolerant of maritime exposure[
Plants can be grown as an informal hedge[
The wood ignites easily and is used for torches[
]. It can be cut into short sections and then used like a candle[
]. Branches are grouped together and used as torches[
Seed - to germinate, fill a container, such as a 15cm pot, with crushed limestone. Spread a thin layer of moist, soilless potting mix or peat moss over the top of the crushed limestone. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the potting mix and do not cover with soil[
]. Keep the container in a shaded area and lightly mist with water every few days to prevent drying[
]. The seeds should germinate in about four weeks[
]. The germinating seedlings are tiny, with small opposite round leaves. The young plants are succulent with light green leaves. As the seedlings grow, they can be exposed to brighter light. When 8cm tall, the seedlings can be transplanted to individual pots[
limestone can be used as a growing medium[
When collecting seed, select mature capsules that have not split open.
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