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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

Other Properties

Fiber width = 6-12 microns with tapering ends. Regular, evenly spaced striations. Parenchchymal cells have an irregular shape with regularly spaced markings.

Additional Information

T.Collings, D. Miller, 'The Identification of Oriental Paper Fibers' The Paper Conservator, vol 3, 1978.


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