Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Matawai Taniwha

Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 37
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Matawai, near Waioeka Gorge, East Coast.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Very tall, slightly bendy variety. Leaves a yellowy–bronze colour with darker shadings. Reddish–brown margin and keel. Very tall seed heads. Bright salmon red inside cut blade

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Kete variety. Also good for whāriki as it produces long strips which dry to a corn yellow shade. Gives good contrast when used in patterns. Better not boiled. For whāriki just drag through boiling water. Roots used for medicinal purposes.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts well, para removes fairly well. Fibre brittle and fluffs up easily. Small to medium amount of fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Lovely, supple flax for raranga. Easy to soften and waxy enough for good tension.

Information sources:

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