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Typha latifolia

Common Names: Common Cattail, Broadleaf Cattail
Typha latifolia
Typha latifolia

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Poales
Family: Typhaceae
Genus: Typa
Species: Typha latifolia

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The common cattail has long, stiff, blade-like leaves. The flower is tiny, and tightly packed in clusters on top of the stem. The male flowers are white, while female flowers are green-brown.

Habitat & Range

Common cattails grow in dense groups along the edge of water. They are found throughout North, Central, and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Featured image by James Dake.


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