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This species is accepted, and its native range is Africa, N. Israel. It is has environmental uses.

[CPLC]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 1200 - 2820 m.; Andes.
Habit
Hierba

[FTEA]

Cyperaceae, K Hoenselaar, B. Verdcourt & H. Beentje. Hypolytrum, D Simpson. Fuirena, M Muasya. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2010

Type
Type: “Habitat in Calabria, Sicilia, Syria, Aegypto.” Lectotype: Herb. Linn. No. 15: Papyrus (UPS), designated by Simpson in Cafferty & Jarvis (ed.), Taxon 53: 179 (2004)
Habit
Perennial, very robust, up to 5.5 m high, with a creeping rhizome, 2–5 cm in diameter, with a white central part of air-tissue and a lighter brown harder outside cylinder; the outside of the rhizome densely covered by blackish scales 5–10 × 5–10 mm wide.
Rhizomes
Rhizome with many roots.
Culms
Culms 200–500 cm long, basally 1–2.6 cm wide, apically 0.4–1 cm wide, trigonous, sometimes almost rounded, glabrous
Leaves
Leaf blades absent Leaf sheath brown to black, thick and leathery to sometimes almost woody, 4–26 cm long, glabrous.
Bracts
Involucral bracts pale-brown, 3–10. Leaf-like, spreading, lowermost 6–18 cm long, 0.8–1.7 cm wide, glabrous
Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, primary branches up to 350, 7–40 cm long, triquetrous to rounded, at the base of the branches with reddish brown tubular prophylls 2.5–6 cm long.
Spikelets
Spikelets on an elongated axis at the end of primary or secondary branches, up to 40 per axis, lanceolate to cylindric, 2.7–10 mm long, 0.4–1.3 mm wide, axis straight.
Glume
Glumes pale brown to golden, ovate to obovate, 1.3–2.3 mm long, 0.8–1.2 mm wide, keel flattened, sometimes green, apex obtuse
Stamens
Stamens 3.
Filaments
Filaments 1.6–2.2 mm long.
Anthers
Anthers 0.6–1.4 mm long
Style
Style with 3 branches
Fruits
Nutlet grey, ellipsoid to ovoid, trigonous, 0.9–1.4 mm long, 0.4–0.5 mm wide, ± smooth
Figures
Fig. 31, p210
Ecology
Swamps and lake edges and -shores, sometimes forming dense and impenetrable floating mats in deeper water; 300–2000 m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC) due to its widespread distribution and abundance
Distribution
Range: Widespread in Africa; Mediterranean Flora districts: U2 U3 U4 K3 K4 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 Z

[FWTA]

Cyperaceae, Miss S. S. Hooper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:2. 1972

Habit
Stems spongy, up to 5 m. high
Inflorescences
Characteristic mop-like inflorescences of very numerous primary, often sterile rays
Ecology
Forming rafts in open water and fringing lakes.

[UPB]

The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

Distribution
Cultivated in Colombia.
Habit
Herb.
Ecology
Alt. 1200 - 2820 m.

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[UPB]
Environmental
Environmental uses (State of the World's Plants 2016).
Materials
Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).
Unspecified Materials Chemicals
Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

California, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Florida, Hawaii, India, Jamaica, Juan Fernández Is., Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mauritius, Nansei-shoto, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Sicilia, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Is.

English
Paper plant, Papyrus

Cyperus papyrus L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 1891 Illegible. [s.n.], Congo K000321320 Unknown type material
22203.000
Scott, L. [s.n.], Malawi K000362973 lectotype

First published in Sp. Pl.: 47 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Marais, W. & Araujo, A.C. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 202: 1-99. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • Lye, K.A. & Thery, P. (2012). Flore du Gabon 44: 1-230. Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-466.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2005). Monocotyledons and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 52: 1-415.
  • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Walker, E.H. (1976). Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu islands: 1-1159. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Berhaut, Fl. Sén. ed. 2, 379 (1967).
  • Kük. in Engl., Pflanzenr. Cyper. 45 (1935)
  • F.T.A. 8: 374
  • Sp. Pl. 47 (1753)

Useful Plants of Boyacá Project

  • Kew's Economic Botany collection in The State of the World’s Plants Report–2016. (2016). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew https://stateoftheworldsplants.org/2016/

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Browning, J. & al. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 14: 1-455. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Danin, A. & Fragman- Sapir, O. (2019). Flora of Israel Online http://flora.org.il/en/plants/.
  • Marais, W. & Araujo, A.C. (2018). Flore des Mascareignes 202: 1-99. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2005). Monocotyledons and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 52: 1-415.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Walker, E.H. (1976). Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu islands: 1-1159. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Eth. 6: 441. fig. 212.73 (1997).
  • Haines & Lye, Sedges & Rushes E. Afr.: 177, figs. 336, 337 (1983)
  • E.P. 4, 20 (101): 45 (1936)
  • F.T.A. 8: 374 (1902)
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 47 (1753)

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