One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical Old World sedge that has stiff green stems, each terminating in a whorl of arching green leaflike bracts. It is commonly grown as a houseplant.
Cyperus alternifolius (or involucratus), family Cyperaceae
- ‘Schefflera arboricola also known as the dwarf umbrella tree or Hawaiian dwarf umbrella is the little brother to the old time umbrella plant.’
- ‘Another moisture loving perennial at Glin is Darmera Peltata, commonly known as the umbrella plant.’
- ‘Add a small water plant (such as a dwarf umbrella plant) in a bonsai dish, rocks, a submersible pump, and a bamboo spout that's a variation of the traditional Japanese deer scarer, or shishi odoshi (often sold at nurseries).’
- ‘The Umbrella plant got its name from the green bracts that form atop its long stems.’
- ‘It is known as the umbrella plant but I find it more reminiscent of a fireworks explosion.’
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