Martha King (After), Day & Haghe (Lithographer)

The Phormium Tenax, or New Zealand Flax

The Phormium Tenax, or New Zealand Flax by Martha King, Day & Haghe

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'The leaves grow out of the ground to heights varying from three to twelve feet. The flax-like fibre is obtained from the leaf by scraping it with a mussel-shell. The flowers are full of syrup. Each plant has generally two or three flower-stems, and from thirty to forty leaves.'

(Edward Jerningham Wakefield, Illustrations to Adventure in New Zealand from 1839 to 1844; with some account of the beginning of British colonization of the islands. Plate XV).

The Phormium Tenax, or New Zealand Flax
Martha King, Day & Haghe
Production date
hand-coloured lithograph
556 x 367 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1987
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Other ID
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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