Cyperus alternifolius

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Cyperus alternifolius
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
Species: 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]

The cultivar Cyperus alternifolius Variegatus is grown for its variegated foliage and smaller size.[3]



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