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Cyperus papyrus - Papyrus Reed - 50 Seeds

Cyperus papyrus - Papyrus Reed - 50 Seeds

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Cyperus papyrus - Papyrus Reed - 50 Seeds

Cyperus papyrus - Papyrus Reed - 50 Seeds

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Description

Cyperus papyrus - Papyrus Reed

This listing is for 50 seeds.

Cyperus papyrus (papyrus sedge, paper reed, Indian matting plant, Nile grass) is a species of aquatic flowering plant belonging to the sedge family Cyperaceae. It is a tender herbaceous perennial, native to Africa, in particular Egypt and forms tall stands of reed-like swamp vegetation in shallow water.

Papyrus sedge (and its close relatives) has a very long history of use by humans, notably by the Ancient Egyptians — it is the source of papyrus paper, parts of it can be eaten, and the highly buoyant stems can be made into boats. It is now often cultivated as an ornamental plant.

C. papyrus has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

This tall, robust, leafless aquatic plant can grow 4 to 5 m (13 to 16 ft) high. It forms a grass-like clump of triangular green stems that rise up from thick, woody rhizomes. Each stem is topped by a dense cluster of thin, bright green, thread-like stems around 10 to 30 cm (4 to 10 in) in length, resembling a feather duster when the plant is young. Greenish-brown flower clusters eventually appear at the ends of the rays, giving way to brown, nut-like fruits.

The younger parts of the rhizome are covered by red-brown, papery, triangular scales, which also cover the base of the culms. Botanically these represent reduced leaves, so strictly it is not quite correct to call this plant fully "leafless".

For full instructions, see the link on my 'About Me' page, which will direct you to a set of free downloadable instruction sheets.

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Variety Papyrus
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Perennials

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