Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 62
Source Source: Rene Orchiston
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Short to medium height. Shiny, pale leaves. Long seed pods which droop and are slightly twisted.

Notes Source: Rene Orchiston (Phormium cookianum)
Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Better quality fibre than other wharariki. When woven into a soft kete, dries slightly yellow.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Small amount of weak muka. Para and some leaf matter sticks to fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Great beginner's flax. Whenu soften easily, are pliable and shiny. Works well for small objects like putiputi, earrings, bracelets, belts, etc. Not strong enough for kete.

Information sources:

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