A thin fiber obtained from the outer bark of the Nepal paper plant (Daphne bholua), a small shrub native to central Asia. Daphne fibers have been used to produce fine, strong paper since ancient times.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Nepal paper plant; Daphne bholua
Fiber width = 6-12 microns with tapering ends. Regular, evenly spaced striations. Parenchchymal cells have an irregular shape with regularly spaced markings.
T.Collings, D. Miller, 'The Identification of Oriental Paper Fibers' The Paper Conservator, vol 3, 1978.
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: Daphne" Encyclopædia Britannica [Accessed January 6, 2003].