from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any liliaceous plant in the Phormium genus, the New Zealand flax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of liliaceous plants, consisting of one species (Phormium tenax). See flax-plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of liliaceous plants of the tribe Hemerocalleæ, characterized by the turbinate form of the perianth above its short tube, with three lanceolate erect sepals and three thinner petals slightly spreading at the apex.
His figure, draped in a large mat woven of "phormium" trimmed with dogskins, was clothed with a pair of cotton drawers, blood-stained from recent combats.
(The most straight lines i could find in my photos of some harakeke or flax (phormium tenax) that of course aren't straight at all)
From the front of the house, the blue strawberry jar planted with phormium and creeping thymes, blue patio chair and blue garage door.
The path which led up to the intrenchment, lay across fields of “phormium” and a grove of beautiful trees, the “kai-kateas” with persistent leaves and red berries; “dracaenas australis,” the “ti-trees” of the natives, whose crown is a graceful counterpart of the cabbage-palm, and
She is currently researching phormium tenax (New Zealand flax) and its use in 19th-century New Zealand papermaking.
The common nettle, remarks Mr. Lawson, who ranks it with flax, hemp, cotton, phormium, and other fibre-yielding economical plants, has been long known as affording a large proportion of fibre, which has not only been made into ropes and cordage, but also into sewing-thread and beautiful white linen-like cloth of superior quality.
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Nicholas brought some of the seeds of the New Zealand phormium with him to England in 1815; but unfortunately they lost their vegetative properties during the voyage.
We find it stated in the "Annual Register" for 1819, that about the beginning of that year a favourable report had been made of the suitableness of the phormium for the manufacture both of small and large ropes, after some experiments in the dockyard at Portsmouth.
Valuable, however, as is the phormium for the purposes to which alone it is applied in New Zealand, it would appear that the attempts which have been made to fabricate from it what is properly called cloth have not hitherto been attended with a favourable result.
In winter, before the poppies bloom, the phormium takes center stage.