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Hybrid cat-tail (Typha xglauca)

Hybrid cat-tail Common Names: Hybrid cat-tail

Description: Hybrid cross between Narrowleaf cattail (Typha angustifolia) and Broadleaf cattail (Typha latifolia).

Habit: Aquatic; emergent perennial; 1.5-3 m (5-10 ft) tall.

Leaves: Variable width and height, usually 1 m (3 ft) long and 0.6-1.25 cm (0.25-0.5 in) wide.

Stems: 2-3 m tall, stout in form.

Flowers: Dense terminal spike, female flowers dark brown and located below the lighter male flowers, separated by a 2-10 cm (1.74-4 in) gap.

Fruit and seeds: Tiny, sterile, dry follicle borne on a slender stalk having many long white hairs.

Habitat: Found in marshes, lakes, streams, and ditches; tolerates silt, road salt and nutrients.

Reproduction: By seed, also vegetatively by rhizomes.

Similar species: Narrowleaf cattail (Typha angustifolia); Broadleaf cattail (Typha latifolia).

Monitoring and rapid response: Managing water levels; introduction of saltwater; cutting, crushing, shearing and disking; prescribed burning; use of the herbicide glyphosate.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Natural Resources Conservation Service and

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Common Name:

Hybrid cat-tail

Scientific Name:

Typha xglauca







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