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Hairy Wikstroemia (Wikstroemia villosa)

Flowers at Olinda Rare Plant Nursery, Maui, Hawaii. May 18, 2015 Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr © 2012
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Thymelaeaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 157814
  • Lifeform: Tree, Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

This shrub features small yellow flowers in its inflorescence, branching off its smooth stems. It can grow up to 15 m tall in its native range. Ecological threats include competition with alien plant species and habitat degradation by neighboring animal species.

Where is Hairy Wikstroemia (Wikstroemia villosa) located in the wild?


This 'akia species is commonly found in moist montane forest habitats. Unfortunately, this habitat has been converted into pasture for livestock owned throughout the area.


Endemic to the island of Maui, these species is known from one occurrence on the east side of the island in 2010.

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Hairy Wikstroemia can be found in Hawaii

Which CPC Partners conserve Hairy Wikstroemia (Wikstroemia villosa)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 01/01/2010

possibly extinct

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Taxon Wikstroemia villosa
Authority Hillebr.
Family Thymelaeaceae
CPC Number 4420
ITIS 27161
Duration Perennial
Common Names Hairy Wikstroemia | Hairy False Ohelo
Associated Scientific Names Wikstroemia caumii | Wikstroemia villosa
Distribution Endemic to the island of Maui, these species is known from one occurrence on the east side of the island in 2010.
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Hawaii SH
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