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ʻĀkia (Wikstroemia monticola)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Subfamily: Thymelaeoideae
Genus: Wikstroemia

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Wikstroemia is a genus of 55-70 species of flowering shrubs and small trees in the mezereon family, Thymelaeaceae. Hawaiian species are known by the common name ‘ākia.[1]

Medicinal uses[edit]

Wikstroemia indica (Chinese: 了哥王; pinyin: liǎo gē wáng) is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Paper making[edit]

The bark fibres of several species of Wikstroemia are used to make paper.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "ʻakia, kauhi, ʻakia manolo". Hawaii Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Retrieved 2009-11-23.