Cattail (3)

Typha latifolia

Common Cattail
Typha latifolia

Family: Cattail (Typhaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 31, 2011
Location: Heron Lake Area, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Ponds, marshes, ditches

Grows to 10 feet tall in dense colonies with leaves longer than the flowering stem. The leaves are 1" wide. The female flower produces a sausage-like spike below the male flowers at the tip of the stem.

Flora of North America reference.

Typha angustifolia

Narrowleaved Cattail
Typha angustifolia

Family: Cattail (Typhaceae)
AKA: Nailrod
Photo taken on: August 3, 2016
Location: Rio Chama, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Shallow wet areas, ditches, ponds

Grows to 6 feet tall in dense stands with narrow leaves, ¼ inch wide and convex underneath. The leaves are narrower than the Common Cattail and the flower spike is lighter and narrower.

Flora of North America reference.

Typha domingensis

Southern Cattail
Typha domingensis

Family: Cattail (Typhaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 27, 2014
Location: Rio Chama Recreation Area, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Shallow wet areas, ditches, ponds

Grows 6 to 12 feet tall in dense stands with light, yellowish-green leaves less than ½" wide and slightly convex. The male and female spikes are light brown and separated by a gap of bare stem.

Flora of North America reference.

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