Cyperus alternifolius

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Cyperus alternifolius
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
C. alternifolius
Binomial name
Cyperus alternifolius
Rottb., 1772

Cyperus alternifolius, with the common names of umbrella papyrus, umbrella sedge or umbrella palm, is a grass-like plant in the very large genus Cyperus of the sedge family, Cyperaceae.

The plant is native to Madagascar, one of the western Indian Ocean islands[citation needed].

The subspecies Cyperus alternifolius ssp. flabelliformis is also known as Cyperus flabelliformis = Cyperus involucratus Rottb..[1]


Potted, as an ornamental houseplant.

Cyperus alternifolius is frequently cultivated as an ornamental plant worldwide. It is planted in gardens in the ground, pots, and in ponds, and as a house plant. It is hardy to USDA Zones: 9a-11b.[2]

It is propagated by dividing the roots and requires copious amounts of water.[3]

The cultivar Cyperus alternifolius 'Variegatus' is grown for its variegated foliage and smaller size.[4]


  1. ^ Kew; et al. "Cyperus alternifolius". The Plant List. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Graceful Grasses® Baby Tut® - Umbrella Grass - Cyperus involucratus". Proven Winners. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Pink, Alfred (April 1, 2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
  4. ^ "Cyperus alternifolius Variegatus". Missouri Botanical Retrieved January 23, 2013.

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