Typhaceae (weeds)

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Typha latifolia (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Curtis Clark
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Typhaceae - Typha (weeds) L. - (cattails)

The cattail family Typhaceae contains more than 50 grass-like plants which are found mainly in swamps or in mud at the border of lakes. The plants have typically edible rhizomes and compact flower heads like cylindrical or spherical spikes.

The flowers are unisexual and very small. The fruits are minute nutlets and disperse through the wind. Some species are invasive like Typha angustifolia which has been introduced into North America from Europe and competes with native species.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: