Daphne sikokiana (Franch. & Sav.) Halda
Diplomorpha sikokiana (Franch. & Sav.) Honda
Wikstroemia sikokiana is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
This is one of several species harvested for its fibre, used in Japan for making a high quality paper[
The sap of the plant is toxic[
E. Asia - central and southern Japan.
Sunny forest areas, growing among rocks on mountain slopes; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,800 metres, occasionally to 3,500 metres[
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The plant has proved to be difficult in cultivation[
A slow-growing plant, it can take 5 - 7 years for the plant to reach a sufficient size (around 2 metres) for fibre harvesting[
Much used as a source of fibre, 100 kilograms of harvested gampi gives three to five kilograms of paper.
A paper can be obtained from the bark[
]. The paper is resistant to damage from insects[