|Mature male flower spike of Typha latifolia; |
female flower spike beneath it is
still green (immature)
Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail, bulrush, common bulrush, common cattail, cat-o'-nine-tails, great reedmace, cooper's reed, cumbungi) is a perennial herbaceous plant in the genus Typha. It is found as a native plant species in North and South America, Europe, Eurasia, and Africa. In Canada, broadleaf cattail occurs in all provinces and also in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and in the United States, it is native to all states except Hawaii. It is an introduced and invasive species, and is considered a noxious weed, in Australia and Hawaii. It has been reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.
From Middle English cattal, cattyle (also as cattestail), equivalent to cat + tail.
- IPA(key): /ˈkæt.teɪl/ A rare example of gemination in English.
cattail (plural cattails)
- Any of several perennial herbs, of the genus Typha, that have long flat leaves, and grow in marshy places
- (herb in Typha): bulrush, reedmace