Typha domingensis [Typhaceae]

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Scientific Name Typha domingensis USDA PLANTS Symbol TYDO
Common Name Southern Cattail ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42327
Family Typhaceae (Cattail) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Brackish to fresh marshes and streams, rivers, lakes and ponds from 1,000-6,000 ft.
Plant: Colony-forming aquatic, perennial herb, 5 to 6 ft. tall (or taller) from large, creeping rhizomes.
Leaves: Linear basal leaves, 6 to 9 (or more), light yellowish green, and normally shorter than the inflorescence; less than 1/2 inch wide, almost flat; sheath cylindrical and open at the throat.
Inflorescence: Pistillate and staminate portions separated by 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches along the stem; staminate spikes 8 to 16 inches, flowers with golden-yellow pollen; pistillate spikes light brown, 6 to 10 inches long and 5/8 to 1 inch thick.
Bloom Period: April and May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Texas A&M and SEINet.
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