Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 20
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Taranaki. One of cultivars sent to Botanic Gardens, Wellington in 1870.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

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.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

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 Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts easily, para has to be removed with knife. Medium amount of reasonably strong fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri 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.

Information sources:

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