Common Name: Olona
Olona is a shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall,
The plant yields a very high quality fibre, said by some to be one of the best and strongest in the world[
Pacific - Hawaii.
Mesic valleys and wet forest at elevations from 70 - 1,200 metres[
]. Deep ravines[
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The plant grows best at elevations from 300 - 1,500 metres[
The plant flourishes best in a deeply shaded woodland position with hardly any clearing[
A fibre obtained from the bark is strong, light, and water-resistant[
]. A very good quality fibre, highly prized for its tenacity and durability, it is used traditionally for making fish lines, netting, in feather capes and helmets, as well as ki-leaf rain capes, in musical instruments; in weapons such as daggers, clubs. Also used in conjunction with Freycinetia arborea in twined basketry[
]. The fibre is suitable for making fine cloth[
The plants are best cut when a little over a year old and their thick stems stripped of the loosely adhering bark[
]. The extraneous pulp is then scraped away the with a blade[
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