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
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Fiber width = 6-12 microns with tapering ends.
- Regular, evenly spaced striations.
- Parenchchymal cells have an irregular shape with regularly spaced markings.
Resources and Citations
- T.Collings, D. Miller, 'The Identification of Oriental Paper Fibers' The Paper Conservator, vol 3, 1978.
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: Daphne" [Accessed January 6, 2003].