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Broad-leaf Cattail

Scientific Name: Tyhpa latifolia

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Large plant growing 4 to 10 feet tall.
Leaf blades 1/2 to 1 inches wide growing in clusters.
Inflorescence: female flower spike (seedhead) is tightly packed and in the shape of a cigar; seedhead is rusty red-brown at maturity; male flower spike sits just above and is touching the female spike.  The male and female spikes of T. angustifolia are seperated. 
Growing along margins and may grow out to 2 feet of water. Plant lays dormant in winter, turning brown and can completely ring the shoreline of a pond in a few years if not controlled.

Typha latifolia taken by Graves Lovell

Typha latifolia taken by Graves Lovell

Typha latifolia taken by Graves Lovell
Typha latifolia taken by Graves Lovell

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