Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Typha angustifolia
narrow-leaf cat-tail
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widespread in the eastern half of North America; Eurasia.

Habitat: Shallow, quiet to slow-moving water.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe and/or eastern North America

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Monoecious, perennial herbs of wet places from extensive rhizomes, the stems up to 1.5 m. tall, erect, cylindrical and pithy.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, sheathing, linear, the blades 3-10 mm. broad, deep green, convex on the outer surface.

Flowers:

Flowers naked in terminal, cylindrical, spike-like inflorescences, the staminate above the pistillate, the two portions separated by 0.5-4 cm.; staminate flowers consisting of 2-5 stamens borne directly on the main axis, intermixed with slender hairs; pistillate flowers a single, 1-celled pistil, subtended by a linear bract dilated at the tip; pistillate section up to 15 mm. thick, brown; abortive ovaries flattened, wedge-shaped.

Fruits:

Fruit dry, 1 mm. long, ellipsoid.

Accepted Name:
Typha angustifolia L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 971. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Typha angustifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Typha angustifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Typha angustifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Typha angustifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Typha angustifolia information.

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