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Man working with abaca in Indonesia

The Abaca is a plant related to the banana plant, though the fruit from the abaca is not edible. Its fiber is referred to as Manila hemp, though it is not actually hemp.[1] The abaca plant is native to the Philippines.[2] Manilla envelopes and manilla folders take their name from this particular fiber.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Philippine Herbal Medicine
  2. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Abaca originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood