1. Abaca

    Abaca (Musa textilis) is a tree-like herb resembling the banana in appearance. The leaves of abaca...
  2. Buri palm

    Buri (Corypha elata) is the largest palm endemic in the Philippines. It is one of the...
  3. Coco coir

    Coco coir or the coconut fiber comes from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), basically from the...
  4. Coconut palm

    Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is abundant anywhere in the Philippines at any time of the year....
  5. Coconut shell

    Coconut shell is a material from the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). The shell...
  6. Cogon grass

    Cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), also called silver hair grass or sword grass, belongs to the sweet grasses...
  7. Giant Bamboo

    Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper) belongs to the family of sweet grasses. It is one of the...
  8. Gmelina

    Gmelina (Gmelina arborea) is a fast growing plant, which grows on different localities and prefers moist...
  9. Lampakanay

    Lampakanay (Typha orientalis) is widely distributed all over the Philippine archipelago. It is abundant in low...
  10. Raffia

    Raffia comes from the young shoot or leaf of the buri palm. Two qualities of Raffia...
  11. Rattan

    Rattan (Calamus javensis), is a climbing vine abundant specifically in the southern part of the Philippines....
  12. Water hyacinth

    Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant endemic to tropical and sub-tropical areas. With...
  1. Lampakanay

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    Lampakanay (Typha orientalis) is widely distributed all over the Philippine archipelago. It is abundant in low altitudes, wet places with shallow, stagnant water, and is harvested and processed as fiber by communities living in these kinds of areas all over the country. Weaving or application of the fiber on a...
  2. Gmelina

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    Gmelina (Gmelina arborea) is a fast growing plant, which grows on different localities and prefers moist fertile valleys. The tree is widely planted throughout the Philippines. It is named after the German Botaniker Gmelin (1709 – 1755). Gmelina plantations started in the provinces of Cebu and Nueva Vizcaya and other...
  3. Cogon grass

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    Cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), also called silver hair grass or sword grass, belongs to the sweet grasses closely related to bamboo. The rhizome or stem of this perennial plant reaches up to 1.2 meters high with a diameter of about 1.5 millimeters. The leaves grow directly from creeping underground rhizomes, giving the...
  4. Coco coir

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    Coco coir or the coconut fiber comes from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), basically from the fruit. The color of the fiber can either be white or brown depending on the plant’s maturity. Those that are less than 10 months old produce white fiber while those that are already 12 to...
  5. Coconut shell

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    Coconut shell is a material from the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). The shell can be extracted by taking out the husk or the fruit cover. Dehusking, splitting and scraping are the processes needed to obtain the coconut shell alone. The outer husk, which also has commercial value...