Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 6
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Muriwai, Gisborne District (Mrs Te Hau).
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

The bush is of medium height with a yellowy-green appearance, slightly droopy leaves, soft but strong. Margin and keel have fine bright orange lines. Yellow shading on tips of young blades which are rather Gothic pointed. Flowers freely even on young bushes. Long kōrari with dense, strong seed pods.

Notes Source: Rene Orchiston According to tradition, this variety was used to moor the canoe of Paoa when he arrived at Muriwai in the canoe Horouta.
Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

A fine kete variety sought after for decoration as the mature blades dry to distinct yellow tonesósometimes so yellow that it has been mistaken for pīngao, the golden sand sedge (Desmoschoenus spiralis). Ideal for decorative patterns in kete and whāriki.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri When done carefully, small amount of muka can be extracted. Muka extracts well but para sticks.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Leaves are long. Colour shades vary from golden-yellow to green-yellow to olive-green. Whenu are soft and do not fray. Waxy quality makes for tight weaving.

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Source: Rene Orchiston Rene Orchiston Source: Katarina Tawiri Katarina Tawiri Source: Rob Smissen Rob Smissen Source: Sue Scheele Sue Scheele