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Useful Tropical Plants

Wikstroemia indica

(L.) C.A.Mey.

Thymelaeaceae

+ Synonyms

Capura purpurata L.

Daphne cannabina Lour.

Daphne indica L.

Daphne zhouana Halda

Diplomorpha viridiflora (Wall. ex Meisn.) C.A.Mey.

Wikstroemia amplifolia (Schltr.) Domke

Wikstroemia forsteri Decne.

Wikstroemia linearifolia Elmer

Wikstroemia novae-caledoniae Gand.

Wikstroemia pachyphylla Merr.

Wikstroemia pulgarensis Elmer

Wikstroemia purpurata (L.) Druce

Wikstroemia shuttleworthiana Meisn.

Wikstroemia shuttleworthii Meisn.

Wikstroemia subcoriacea Merr.

Wikstroemia valbrayi H.Lév.

Wikstroemia viridiflora Wall. ex Meisn.

Xylosma cochine Lour. ex Gomes Mach.

Common Name:

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General Information

Wikstroemia indica is an evergreen shrub usually growing from 50 - 200cm tall, sometimes more[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. In particular, the fibre obtained from the inner bark of this and several other related species is especially suitable for making a high quality paper. The fibrous bark has at times been exported in quantity from the Philippines to Japan, where it is used in the manufacture of bank notes and other strong papers[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

The leaves and the fruit are toxic[
440
Title
Brisbane Rainforest Action and Information Network,
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.brisrain.webcentral.com.au
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on plants in the Queensland Rainforests.
].
Cases have been reported of children dying after eating the fruits of this plant[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, southern China, Phillipines, Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea and Australia

Habitat

Rainforest margins and wet Eucalypt forest, on poor soils in northeastern Australia[
440
Title
Brisbane Rainforest Action and Information Network,
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.brisrain.webcentral.com.au
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on plants in the Queensland Rainforests.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsApomixy
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Wikstroemia species generally grow best in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are particularly suitable for external use in poultices against furunculosis and phlegmon. They are crushed and mixed with peanut oil to alleviate their irritant action[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

The leaves are used fresh and can be harvested as required throughout the year[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

Other Uses

The leaves can be used as an insecticide in agriculture[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

The smooth trunk has a tough bark that can be torn off in strips and used as string[
440
Title
Brisbane Rainforest Action and Information Network,
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.brisrain.webcentral.com.au
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on plants in the Queensland Rainforests.
].
The fibre from the inner bark is light colored and has a somewhat silky appearance. It can be used for making rope etc and to make a high quality paper[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
]. It has at times been harvested in quantity for making bank notes and other strong papers[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
].

Thw wood is of a deep red colour, and coarse-grained, though rather small[
601
Title
The Useful Native Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Maiden J.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Turner & Co.; London.
Year
1889
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of the uses of many Australian plants and other species naturalised, or at least growing, in Australia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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