and Scientific Names
belong to the Family Typhaceae.
is the scientific name
of the plant commonly called cattails.
Greek Typha means cattails.
Latifolia is Latin for broad-leaf.
Do Cattails Look Like?
are the most familiar of the wetland plants.
are very tall and grow up to nine feet in good conditions. Their leaves
are long, spearlike, and broad, with parallel-veins when seen under
flowers of Typha latifolia grow on
a long stalk and become large, brown spikes. This flower spike becomes
a fluffy cluster of seeds that will be
dispersed in the wind. When roasted, the seeds are edible.
Are Cattails Found?
latifolia is usually found in streams,
along rivers, lakes or ponds, where there is shallow, slow moving or
were harvested late in the growing season and dried. Then the broad
leaves were dampened and split into small strips starting at the base
of the leaf and splitting towards the tip. After splitting the leaves
the cattail, which made a strong cordage, could be twisted or braided