Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Types of flax

Types of flax

The two main varieties of New Zealand flax are (left) Phormium tenax – harakeke or swamp flax – and Phormium cookianum – wharariki or mountain flax. Harakeke has stiff leaves and grows mainly in lowland swamps. Wharariki has softer leaves and is found on mountain slopes and coastal cliffs. 

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Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Photographs by Robert Lamberts and Sue Scheele

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - The art of te whare pora', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43472/types-of-flax (accessed 26 January 2020)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014