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(Manila hemp)

The strongest of the hard, natural fibres. It is extracted from the pseudostems of Musa textilis (see MUSA), a relative of the edible bananas. Grown mainly in the Philippines, and native to that region, it is used to make ropes that are resistant to humidity, salt water, and fresh water, and to make special, strong papers (e.g. for tea-bags).


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