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Typha angustifolia (Narrowleaf cattail)
Bruso, George H.

Typha angustifolia

Typha angustifolia L.

Narrowleaf Cattail

Typhaceae (Cat-Tail Family)

Synonym(s): Typha angustifolia var. calumetensis, Typha angustifolia var. elongata


USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), CAN (N)

Typha angustifolia has leaves up to 1/2 of an inch (1.3 cm) across, a fruiting head less than 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) wide, and a gap between the male and female flower clusters.


From the Image Gallery

7 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AR , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , MB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0463B Collected Jun 29, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0463A Collected Jun 29, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Typha angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Typha angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Typha angustifolia


Record Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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