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Phormium tenax ' Paretaniwha'. Harakeke cultivar.  Orchiston Collection.

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Harakeke cultivar. Users today would give conflicting descriptions of this flax. Rene"s plant tallies with some, but not all information given in early records Flax Commissioners Reports 1870, 1871; Department of Agriculture Annual Report 1908). Very tall, erect variety, up to 3 metres. Straight, wide, medium green blades with yellow margin and keel. Flowers freely - 5 kōrari to one bush - short seed pods.

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Not heavy enough for piupiu but makes a very good strong kete (unboiled) which dries out to a rich golden corn colour.

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28 May 2007
20 May 2020
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