Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 30
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Torere, Eastern Bay of Plenty. From Mick Pendergrast.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Medium height, fairly straight, strong, soft leaf. Pale green with orange-brown margin and keel. Very few kōrari. Seldom flowers.

Notes Source: Rene Orchiston Also known as Hirakaóa name for fibre resembling silk.
Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Strips easily and cleanly (with care) into white, delicate, silky fibre. Needs hardly any dressing to prepare it for use in soft, fine muka kete.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts effortlessly, para removes with fingernails or just falls off. Fibre strong, smooth and long. Excellent muka flax.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Typical muka flax. Edges of whenu fray when softened, whenu easily splits. Even though leaf contains large amount of fibre, whenu soften easily because of small amount of green leaf matter. Makes strong raranga.

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