Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 22
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Waiomatatini, East Coast. Also sent from Taranaki to Botanic Gardens, Wellington in 1870.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

One of few traditional cultivars of variegated harakeke. The whole bush has a yellow appearance, with the bright green leaves striped with a bright sulphur yellow. Short, straight, strong, pointed blades. Orange margin and keel ("like karakaî, Andersen 1907). Few kōrari, with light flower heads.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Kelly, in the Flax Commissioners Report 1870, described it as a beautiful plant and it was, and is, valued as ornamental. It is a parent of many modern coloured hybrids. Also produces high quality, shiny, but rather brittle fibre.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts effortlessly and para removes with finger nails. Fibre is silky and white.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Whenu hard to soften because of high fibre content. In general lovely and pliable raranga flax.

Information sources:

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