Cyperus papyrus L.

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Cyperus papyrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Cyperus papyrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

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Common names: Papyrus (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Very robust perennial sedge, growing from a stout creeping rhizome. Stems triangular to rounded, up to 4 m. Inflorescence "mop-like" with numerous clusters of spikelets.
Notes: Outer skins of the stems used for making mats.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In permanent swamps, where it may form extensive colonies, and fringing major rivers.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 October 2005

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 538. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 58. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 182.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus papyrus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus papyrus
Tropicos: Cyperus papyrus
West African Plants database: Cyperus papyrus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyperus papyrus., retrieved 3 December 2016

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