musa textilis - Abacá, is a species of banana native to the Philippines, grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. The plant, has great economic importance, being harvested for its fiber, extracted from the leaf-stems. The plant grows to 13–22 feet (4.0–6.7 m). The fiber is now mostly for use in a variety of specialized paper products including tea bags, filter paper and banknotes. It is classified as a hard fiber, along with coir, henequin and sisal.