Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 17
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Botanic Gardens, Wellington. Sent from Taranaki in 1870. Identified again by Mrs Orchiston in 1972
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

A distinctive cultivar, with the mature bush having an overall inky blue appearance, the colour of the fluid ejected by the octopus to camouflage itself when under attackóhence the name. Medium to tall, with rather bendy blades. Black keel and margins on older blades, with dark, streaky bronze colourings on upperside. Tawny-red margins and veining in the young leaves. The young bush has a yellowy-bronze appearance.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Not best for muka, though some of the older blades strip fairly easily.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts cleanly all the way to tip of leaf. Para removes easily. Medium amount of long and strong fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Whenu hard to soften, especially butt end. Once softened, lovely and pliable. Finished green kete has satiny shine to it. Older leaves turn yellow.

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