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Cattails (Common)

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Typha angustifolia
Cattails (Common)


They are found in shallow wetlands and along shorelines.


They have tall, thin, green leaves and can reach up to 10 feet tall. They grow in thick masses and the flower is a dense, green, cylindrical head that grows on top of a 5-10 foot stalk.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flowers too small to see individually, but forming a dense cigar-shaped spike on the top of a long flower stalk. Males flowers are fluffy and lighter brown and cluster together above the darker female flowers below
Flower Color: Brownish
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Very tall 4-8 feet)
Leaf Type: Heart-shaped at base, clasping stem and toothed

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