Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 12
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Pipiriki, Whanganui River.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

A handsome bush, quite a contrast with a distinctive deep blue tone about its tall bright bronzy leaves.

Straight, strong, pointed leaf with red tonings inside the old blades. Very blue bloom on the back of the blades. Very few flower heads.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Strips well and fairly easily, but not really a muka variety.

When Rene experimented with this harakeke, the scrape turned a lovely yellow-gold the same day. When boiled for one minute, strips dry to deep green/fawn shadings. Fawn-brown when unboiled.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Only a portion (approx. one third) of muka extracts. Rest of fibre remains in leaf. Para sticks to fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Butt ends of whenu are thick and tips are thin. When softening whenu, sticky juice is released. Edges fray, whenu easily split lengthwise. Whenu turn golden colour when still fresh.

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