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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Paper-making fibres

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   Paper-making fibres belong to these categories: Building materials, Fibres, Miscellaneous inedible
   and originated in these regions: Africa, Eurasia, South Asia

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PAPYRUS - Paper-making fibres

Cyperus papyrus L. (Cyperaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753. The species name reflects the plant's use in ancient paper-making.

Native to the Nile valley and Central Africa, in swamps.

Life form: a huge perennial sedge forming dense, monospecific stands.

Parts used: stems flattened and beaten to make paper in ancient times.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London. (Cyperus papyrus L. - Papyrus)