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Mature tree, Đà Bắc District, Hòa Bình Province, Vietnam
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Subfamily: Thymelaeoideae
Genus: Rhamnoneuron
R. balansae
Binomial name
Rhamnoneuron balansae
(Maury) Gilg

Rhamnoneuron balansae is a species of small tree belonging to the family Thymelaeaceae; it is the only species in the genus Rhamnoneuron. It is native to southeastern Yunnan and northern Vietnam.[1] In Bac Ninh province, its bast is harvested to make dó paper.[2]


The shrub or small tree that grows to between 2 and 4 m tall. Its branchlets are erect, brown, and slender. It is often found in forests at altitudes of 900 to 1200 m.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Rhamnoneuron balansae (Wikstroemia balansae)". eFloras. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The handmade paper that lasts 800 years".