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Cyperus papyrus


This very famous herbaceous plant, pertaining to the sedge family, is native to the African continent but it was introduced to many other parts of the world and today it can be found in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It its natural habitat, it grows in swamps and along river margins. It forms a rhizome that produces a cluster of angular culms, beautifully topped by tufts of very thin, shiny green leaves, similar in appearance to a feather duster and inflorescences with brown-green flower clusters, followed by brown, nutlike fruits. The papyrus has a long history of use, being immediately associated with Egyptian culture, where it was used for paper making but also much appreciated as an edible (rhizome and stems), medicinal and ornamental plant. A great ornamental plant for warm-temperate climates.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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