Manila hemp


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Manila hemp is a species of banana, also known as Abacá. It is grown as a fiber crop. The fiber is also called Manila hemp.

Names

Scientific
   Musa textilis
English
   Abacá
   Abaca
   Abacas
   Cebu hemp
   Davao hemp
   Manila hemp
Dutch
   Abaca
   Manillahennep
Spanish
   Abacá
   Cáñamo de Manila
French
   Abaca
   Chanvre de Manille
German
   Abacá
   Manilahanf
Italian
   Abacà
   Abakà
   Canapa di Manila

Taxonomy

Genus
   Musa
Family
   Musaceae
Order
   Zingiberales

Basic information and facts

Origin:

Native to the Philippines.

Climate and weather:

Tropical crop

Height:

Can be 4 to 7 meters tall.

Harvesting:

The stems are harvested to extract the fibers.

Uses:

Fibers are used in textiles and clothing. Other use is in special paper, for example to produce bank notes. Aometimes also used to produce rope called Manila rope.

Crop categories

Fiber crops
Tropical crops

Pictures


Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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