Users today would give conflicting descriptions of this flax. Rene's plant tallies with information given in early records (Flax Commissioners Report 1871; NZ Department of Agriculture Report, 1908).
Very tall, erect cultivar, up to 3 metres. Straight, wide, medium green blades with yellow margin and keel. Flowers freely, short seed pods.
Makes a very good strong kete (unboiled) which dries out to a lovely rich golden corn colour. Slightly paler when boiled. Not heavy enough for piupiu.
|Muka extraction||Medium to small amount of muka. Fibre appears weak, para sticks, can be removed with knife.|
|Raranga - unboiled||Butt ends of whenu are much thicker than tips. Creates uneven raranga.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|