New Zealand flax
a large New Zealand plant, Phormium tenax, of the agave family, having showy, red-margined, leathery leaves and dull-red flowers, grown as an ornamental and for the fiber-yielding leaves.
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Also called flax lily.
Origin of New Zealand flax
First recorded in 1805–15
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