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Phormium tenax  'Ruatapu' or 'Rautapu'. Harakeke cultivar.

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Harakeke cultivar.

Best 1898, 1907: Urewera. Formerly looked on as being tapu, as its leaves (fibre) used in dressing hair of chiefs.

Williams 1971: A choice variety of flax, used for making bands for dressing hair.

Best 1942: a fine variety.

Andersen 1907: set apart for making of fillets to bind the hair.

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28 May 2007
2 July 2020
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