Photographer: Merel R. Black
Typha latifolia L.
broad-leaved cat-tail, common cat-tail
Typha: the Greek name for this plant thought to mean "bog"
latifolia: Latin for "wide to broad leaves"
|Status: ||Native - potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, emergent semi-aquatic, 3'-9' tall with many smooth stems; clone-forming from spreading rhizomes|
|Flower: ||brown, 3-parted; inflorescence a 12" spike with male (top) and female (bottom) flowers; blooms May-July|
|Fruit:||hundreds of seeds packed tightly into a brown, cylindrical spike with no bare gap between the male and female flowers|
|Leaf:||bluish-green to grayish-green, up to 1" wide, nearly flat, overlapping each other at the base|
|Habitat: ||sun; wet to damp; ditches, marshes, shallows; in muddy soil|