Future Fiber “Abaca”

Is abaca the future fibers? Abacá binomial name Musa textilis, is a species of banana native to the Philippines, the plant, also known as Manila hemp, has great economic importance, being harvested for its fiber, extracted from the leaf-stems. The abacá plant is stoloniferous, meaning that the plant produces runners or shoots along the ground that then root at each segment. Cutting and transplanting rooted runners is the primary technique for creating new plants, since seed growth is substantially slower.

The leaf stalks (petioles) are expanded at the base to form sheaths that are tightly wrapped together to form the pseudostem. There are from 12 to 25 leaves, dark green on the top and pale green on the underside, sometimes with large brown patches. They are oblong in shape with a deltoid base. Please subscribe in our youtube channel and follow and like us on facebook hashtag ophirph.

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