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Scientific Name: Cyperus spp.
Pronunciation: sye-PEER-us
Common Name: papyrus, umbrella plant
Family Name: Cyperaceae
Plant Type: Aquatic plant, Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Key ID Features: Stems grass-like, three sided, green, with whorl of leaf-like bracts at tips that resemble umbrella spokes; flowers in greenish-brown clusters on or amongst the bracts.
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Africa
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: High
Landscape Uses: Aquatic - ponds, Container planting, Waterside planting, Wetland - bogs
Additional Info: Species shown include C. papyrus (up to 2.5 m tall), and C. alternifolius (up to 1 m tall).
papyrus, umbrella plant
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Whorled
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Corymb-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Brown
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Jul, Aug
Additional Info: spikelets arranged in umbels

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
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