Cyperus papyrus L.

Papyrus, Egyptian Paper Reed

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Cyperus

Category: Grass

Zones: 9 to

Size: 15' tall


No basal leaves, the inflorescences at the end of the stems form umbels which can be 1' across. Grows in water. Rhizomatous. Clumping. Sometimes sold as C. giganteus 'Mexico'.


Native to Africa and used to make the papyrus the Egyptians wrote on.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 47 in 1753.


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