|Source||Wairoa, Hawke's Bay.|
A decorative variety which Rene has not seen growing elsewhere. Mentioned in the Flax Commissioners Reports on Hawke's Bay. Very tall, straight blades with a 3–7 mm red margin along the sides of the bronze-green blades, which shows up brightly when the sun is behind the bush. The centre of the young blades is pale green, then shaded in maroon out to the crimson margin. There is 5–7 cm of crimson on the tips of the blades. A very prolific flowerer.
Mainly ornamental. Dries out to an uninteresting brown shade. Rather poor fibre. Nairn (Flax Commissioners Report 1870) says it was used only for baskets and matting, and that the fibre easily breaks with a jerk. The strong kōrari were tied into bundles and lashed together to make rafts.
|Muka extraction||Small amount of muka, extracts badly and keeps breaking off. Para sticks.|
|Raranga - unboiled||Soft, thin leaved flax. Good for beginners and small articles. May be good for whāriki, as leaves are long.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|