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Cattails

Scientific Name: Tyhpa spp. 

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Large plant growing 4 to 8 feet tall.
Leaf blades in clusters.
Terminal, brown seedhead that is tightly packed and in the shape of a cigar.
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 spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Typha spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Typha spp. taken by Graves Lovell