Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 36
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Tawatapu district, south of Gisborne.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Short to medium height. Straight, strong, narrow, tapered, yellow-green blades. Orange margin and keel. Similar to, but not as strong as Tāpoto. Very few, small flower heads.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Abundant, shiny, very strong but brittle fibre. May be used for piupiu but not as strong as other varieties. Cleans easily of para. Dries white.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts fairly well. Some leaf matter sticks to fibre. Para removes effortlessly and fibre is silky, strong and a white-greenish colour. Medium to large amount of fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Lovely raranga flax. Whenu soften well, lots of fibre makes for strong raranga. Only disadvantage is lack of length.

Information sources:

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