Papyrus, Papyrus sedge, Paper reed, Indian matting plan, Nile grass
“Papyrus” is a word of Egyptian origin which means “royal” and the term connotes the plant, the Cyperus papyrus Linneus, a kind of tall stem that can go up to 5 meters, with a triangular section culminating in a corolla. It was once a plant that thrived a lot in Egypt, especially in the marshy areas of the Delta and in the marshes of the Arsinoite, today’s Faiyum, and according to ancient testimonies, it could also be found in Ethiopia, Palestine and Babylon.
The wide diffusion favored various uses in daily life, above all thanks to the low cost: food, ornamental, artisanal, medicinal, etc. However, the most widespread use came from the processing of marrow for the production of paper, an entirely Egyptian invention. There are also many artistic testimonies depicting papyrus.
Distribution: Widespread in Africa; Mediterranean flora districts. In the United States, it has become invasive in Florida and has escaped from cultivation in Louisiana, California, and Hawaii.
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- Habitats in Calabria, Sicily, Syria, Egypt
- Conservation status/IUCN Red List
- Least Concern (LC)
- Listed in CITES