Phormium tenax as a fibrous plant.
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Phormium tenax as a fibrous plant. by New Zealand. Geological Survey Dept.

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Published by By authority, G. Didsbury, Government Printer in Wellington, N.Z .
Written in English


  • Flax.,
  • Phormium tenax.

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Edition Notes

StatementEd. by Sir James Hector ... With plates.
ContributionsHector, James, Sir, 1834-1907, ed.
LC ClassificationsTS1540 .N56
The Physical Object
Paginationxix, [1], 95 p.
Number of Pages95
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6968578M
LC Control Number06014176

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Phormium tenax (called flax in New Zealand English; harakeke in Māori; New Zealand flax outside New Zealand; and New Zealand hemp in historical nautical contexts) is an evergreen perennial plant native to New Zealand and Norfolk Island that is an important fibre plant and a popular ornamental plant. The plant grows as a clump of long, straplike leaves, up to two metres long, from which arises Family: Asphodelaceae. Additional Physical Format: Online version: New Zealand. Geological Survey Department. Phormium tenax as a fibrous plant. Wellington, N.Z., By authority, G. Didsbury. Phormium tenax (harakeke in Māori, New Zealand flax) is an evergreen perennial plant from New Zealand and Norfolk is an important fibre plant and also a popular garden plant.. The plant grows as a clump of long, straplike leaves up to two meters long. It grows a much taller flowering shoot, with dramatic yellow or red : Monocots. Stunning focal point for the garden, Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax) is a very ornamental and robust evergreen perennial featuring a basal rosette of rigid, sword-shaped, upright leaves up to 10 ft. long (3 m), ranging from green to bronze to chocolate-brown. Some cultivars produce variegated leaves, beautifully striped or edged with pink, red, orange or purple, adding a bright note to the.

Full text of "Phormium Tenax as a Fibrous Plant" See other formats. Phormium tenax, commonly called New Zealand flax, is native to New Zealand. It is an evergreen, clump-forming tender perennial that grown for its attractive foliage. It features rigid, sword-shaped, linear, bright green leaves (’ long) in erect clumps. Our Botanical team are working hard to increase the number of plants with detailed information. Search by plant name, key attributes or both to find plant details and a list of suppliers. Search by plant name. Blue / Glaucous. Blue / Glaucous. Blue / Glaucous. Season of interest. Colour by season.   The Plant List. Angiosperms. Xanthorrhoeaceae. Phormium. Phormium tenax & Phormium tenax & is an accepted name This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Phormium (family Xanthorrhoeaceae).

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