Typha domingensis Pers.
Typhaceae (Cat-Tail Family)
Synonym(s): Typha angustata
USDA Symbol: TYDO
The Southern Cattail is a member of the cattail family (family Typhaceae). Cattails are aquatic or marsh herbs with creeping rootstocks, long, narrow leaves, and tiny flowers crowded in terminal spikes, with he male (staminate) ones at the top and female (pistillate) below. Spikes above bracts which fall early. There are about 18 species in one genus, which occur in temperate and tropical regions.
Typha domingensis aggressively invades and forms nearly pure stands in brackish or nutrient-enriched wetlands in the Florida Everglades and elsewhere (FNA).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , DE , FL , GA , HI , KS , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SC , TX , UT , VA , WY
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0554B Collected Jun 25, 1988 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0554A Collected Jun 25, 1988 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0554C Collected Jun 25, 1988 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Typha domingensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Typha domingensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Typha domingensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-11-12
Research By: TWC Staff