Daphne meyeniana (Warb.) Halda
Wikstroemia fenicis Merr.
Wikstroemia meyeniana is an evergreen shrub growing around 1 - 2 metres tall[
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[
We have seen no specific reports for this species, but the genus in general, and the fruits and leaves in particular, is known to contain toxic substances. Some species are known to have caused fatalities[
Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Philippines
Scattered in thickets[
]. In primary humid forests; at elevations up to 400 metres[
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Wikstroemia species generally grow best in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade[
The smooth trunk has a tough bark that can be torn off in strips and used as string[
The fibre from the inner bark is light colored and has a somewhat silky appearance. It can be used for making rope etc and also to make a high quality paper[
]. It has at times been harvested in quantity for making bank notes and other strong papers[
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