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Cyperus papyrus (Papyrus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Cyperaceae > Genus: Cyperus

Cyperus papyrus (Papyrus)

A flock of Southern carmine bee-eaters (Merops rupicoides) perched on papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), along the Okovango River near Shakawe, Botswana. [photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]

Cyperus papyrus (Papyrus) Cyperus papyrus (Papyrus)

Cyperus papyrus, Katambora, Zambezi, Zambia. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Cyperus papyrus under cultivation in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Peninsula, South Africa. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

Occurs on the margins of swamps and lakes in the warmer regions of Africa, the Mediterranean and Madagascar. Within southern Africa its indigenous distribution lies in the northern parts of the region, including northern Namibia, northern Botswana, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. It is also cultivated in other parts of the country but is vulnerable to frost. It is well-known as the plant used by the ancient Egyptians in the manufacture of paper called papyrus.

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