|Source||Taranaki. One of cultivars sent to Botanic Gardens, Wellington in 1870.|
Tall, bendy leaves. Interesting looking bush showing blades of several different shades. Some older ones quite yellow with black margins and keel. Young blades bronze with red veining on margins and keel. Very glaucous blue on underside of blades (i.e., covered with bloom as on a plum, or cabbage leaf). Bright salmon red inside base of blade when cut. Flowers well.
Good for whāriki and kete as it dries to the colour of corn producing effective decoration. Not a muka variety, but has a nice white fibre. Not easily stripped.
|Muka extraction||Muka extracts easily, para has to be removed with knife. Medium amount of reasonably strong fibre.|
|Raranga - unboiled||Lovely, medium-soft flax. Even when still green, whenu have golden sheen to them, especially when in bright light. Whenu dry out very quickly which is a disadvantage when working on large projects.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|