Scientific Name:
Phormium tenax J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl., ed. 2. t. 24 (1776)
Vernacular Name(s):
Flax; Harakeke; Harareke; Kōrari; Lowland flax; New Zealand flax; Swamp flax

Lvs 1–3 m. × 5–12 cm., stiff and ± erect, at least in lower part; butt heavy and us. brightly coloured. Infl. to 5–(6) m. tall; peduncle c. 2–3 cm. diam., us. erect, dark, terete, glab. Fls 2.5–5 cm. long, predominantly dull red; tips of inner tepals only slightly recurved. Ovary erect; carpels straight. Capsule us. < 10 cm. long, often much less, erect, trigonous, abruptly contracted to tip, not twisted, remaining firm and dark in age. Seeds c. 9–10 × 4–5 mm., ± elliptic, plate-like but ± twisted. 2n = 32.

[From:  Moore and Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 2.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Nov.–Dec.; Fruiting: Jan.–Mar.

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