Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 29
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Moutoa Estate, Foxton.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Very tall (up to 3 metres), straight. Bush has dark, bronzy-green appearance. The strong fibres show clearly through the skin of the blades. The young blades are a distinct bronze shade and are relieved by a scarlet line along the centre of the blades.

Notes Source: Rene Orchiston (sometimes Ngaru)
Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Recognised last century as one of the best cultivars for milling. Strong, hard fibre, well suited for cordage. Very good piupiu harakeke especially for ladies piupiu, as it has length and the para comes away easily with a shell. The long fibres are surprisingly fine and silky for the strength of the blades. Ideal for whenu and aho in cloaks as it requires very little dressing. Makes strong kete. Inclined to dry out into mixed greenish to fawn tones when boiled for one minute. Darker when unboiled.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Large amount of coarse muka. Some leaf matter sticks to fibre, para sticks occasionally.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Produces very long whenu. Good for tall and strong backpacks. When softening, some older leaves separate fibre from leaf matter, typical for muka flax. Butt ends hard to soften.

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