Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 35
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Botanic Gardens, Wellington (originally sent from Taranaki in 1870) and Te Kuiti.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Tall, soft but strong leaves. Tomato red keel and margins on all blades. Plenty of heavy, tall seed heads.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Good whāriki harakeke. Also good for fine kaitaka kete as it dries very white like kiekie when boiled. Strips easily with a shell into silky white fibre, though the para is inclined to adhere. For kete, the leaves dry to a greenish white when unboiled, almost white when boiled.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts fairly well. Some leaf matter sticks to fibre. Medium amount of dull fibre with para sticking to it.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Exquisite raranga flax. Whenu are dry, pliable, leathery and of an unusual quality, as they do not dry out quickly. Whenu strong. When softening, top of whenu turns a light colour.

Information sources:

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