Cyperus Alternifolius (Alternifolia cinnabarinum)

The name “cyperus” comes from the Latin word “cipra”, which means “two”. This means that it’s two different species of plants with very similar characteristics. They are both native to Africa, but they have been separated due to climate change and human activity.

One of them grows in the Mediterranean region, while the other one lives in tropical regions like South America or Australia.

The difference between these two species is their leaves. The alternifolia cinnabarinum has small green leaves, whereas the schefflera arboricola has large red or purple leaves. Both of them have stems that are covered with hairs.

These hair-like structures are called thorns and they cause damage when they enter your skin. However, the alternifolia cinnabarinum is considered less toxic than the schefflera arboricola.Both of these plants need high humidity levels to thrive. They prefer moist soil conditions, but not too wet. If you place your palms in a pot filled with water, they will likely die within a few days because their roots won’t survive such low temperatures.

You can water your cypress tree from below, but don’t overdo it. Let the surface of the soil dry out between two waterings. In the same time, you must make sure that the base of your palm has enough moisture.

A good way to achieve this goal is to place a tray filled with small stones under your pot. Place some water in it and the water will slowly be absorbed by the stones.

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ALS-Resistant Smallflower Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus difformis) in Arkansas Rice: Physiological and Molecular Basis of Resistance by P Tehranchian, DS Riar, JK Norsworthy, V Nandula… – Weed Science, 2015 – cambridge.org

Treatment of domestic wastewater using a lab-scale activated sludge/vertical flow subsurface constructed wetlands by using Cyperus alternifolius by M Bilgin, İ Şimşek, Ş Tulun – Ecological engineering, 2014 – Elsevier

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… of wastewater with a complex matrix from a metal-processing plant: bioconcentration and translocation factors of various metals in Acorus gramineus and Cyperus … by S Soda, T Hamada, Y Yamaoka, M Ike, H Nakazato… – Ecological …, 2012 – Elsevier

Phytodegradation of Ethanolamines by Cyperus alternifolius: Effect of Molecular Size by R Dolphen, P Thiravetyan – International Journal of …, 2015 – Taylor & Francis

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