Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 8
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Waiomatatini, East Coast. From the garden of the late Sir Apirana Ngata.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

A handsome bronze coloured harakeke. Deep brown tones with crimson, almost translucent margins and markings along centre of blades. Sometimes known as the Blue Flax because of the distinct purply-blue bloom on the underside of the leaves and on the kōrari. The young flower stems on one small bush were almost navy-blue.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Ornamentalómainly for garden display. Contrasts well when planted among other cultivars.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Unsuccessful muka extraction, keeps breaking. Small amount of weak fibre.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Leaves wide, producing lots of whenu. Soft and pliable, good for beginners. Not much fibre, lacking strength. Dries 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