Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Papyrus reeds

This tall leafless aquatic plant can grow 4-5m. if forms a grass-like dump of triangular green stem that rise up from thick woody plant greenish brown flower clusters eventually appears at the end of the rays giving ways to brown nut like fruits. The feather duster flowering heads make ideal nesting site for many social of birds. As in most sedge pollination is wind, not insects and the mature fruits after release are distributed by water. Papyrus ranges from subtropical to tropical desert to wet forest tolerating annual temperatures of 20o c and a ph of 6.0 to 8.5. Papyrus flowers in late summer and project full sun to partly shady conditions.
Papyrus reeds is being used for many purpose must famously for making papyrus paper mats, baskets and decoration as it is nearly extinct in their native habitat where in ancient time it was widely cultivated. The pith of the young shoot was eaten both cooked and raw. Its woody root made bowls and other utensils and was burned for fuel. Men acting papyrus to build simple boats in some country to sail cloth and sandals. The harvesting of papyrus reeds is not of the easy it is the matter of risking life because of the swamp it is the natural habitat for any life organism such as birds, fish, crocodiles, snakes frogs, mosquitoes and many others. Due to this however this work does may be danger himself and at long last losses life.

How to harvest
First it requires sharp tools such as Panga and Knives for cutting. The swamp can be at shallow or deep. If deep someone has to dive into the water to cut the papyrus plant just close to the roots or uproot it out if possible. After getting from the swamp they are placed in a dry sun between two to three day so as to facilitate better. They are split into several pieces depending on its use.

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