Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Aohanga, Awanga

Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 1
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Waiomatatini, East Coast, North Island.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Medium height. White stripes along the pale green leaf.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Decorative cultivar. Selwyn (1847) and Best (1909) mention its strong coarse fibre used for rough garments, floormats and kete. "Ko te wharanui, ko te awanga tona ingoa he taroa" (Williams 1971). The Awanga used by the NZ Department of Agriculture earlier this century in breeding trials for the flax industry is a different cultivar.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Small amount of dull, brittle muka. Muka extracts cleanly but para sticks to fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Lovely, strong raranga flax. Butt end of whenu a bit hard to soften.

Information sources:

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