Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 48
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Tawatapu district, south of Gisborne.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Short, bendy variety . Overall bush has a dark appearance. Rito blades are a bronze colour. Reddish-brown margin and keel. Brownish-purple kōrari. Flowers well.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Green kete harakeke. Not good for muka.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri With care, small amount of muka extracts. Some leaf matter sticks to fibre, para sticks also. Fibre weak, easily damaged when para removed with knife. Feels like Wharariki (Phormium cookianum).
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Easy to soften. Good beginners flax. Whenu soft and supple. Could work well for whāriki.

Information sources:

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