New Zealand flax

New Zealand flax

noun
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.
Also called flax lily.


Origin:
1805–15

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