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- This plant is around 3 to 6 feet tall when fully mature. Each vegetative shoot has between 12 and 16 leaves growing vertically from the center. At complete maturity, this plant has stalks that are topped with fluffy brown colored heads that are of an
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Typha Angustifolia- Narrow Leaf Cattail
Typha Angustifolia is a perennial plant of the classification genus Typha. This herbaceous species is also sometimes referred to as the lesser bulrush. Found in the wetlands of the northern hemisphere, and in brackish saltwater swamps and marshes. Appearance This type of cattail is a species that thrives in wetland habitats. The leaves of this plant are flat, green, and narrow, ranging between 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide. This plant is around 3 to 6 feet tall when fully mature. Each vegetative shoot has between 12 and 16 leaves growing vertically from the center. At full maturity, this plant has stalks that top with fluffy brown colored heads that are oblong. The strong rhizomatous roots are around 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter and extend deep beneath the wet, marshy soil. Growth and Habitat This plant requires plenty of moisture and grows in water. It does well in colder northern climates primarily. It may also be found in the brackish water of deeper saltwater marshes in northern climates. Distinguishing from Other Species, The Typha angustifolia can be separated from the very similar Typha latifolia by its narrow leaves and the location of the flowering heads. The heads of the Typha latifolia have staminate flowers on the top above and pistillate flowers located below. Narrowleaf cattail is also usually found in deeper water than other similar species. Similar species include the Typha Latifolia (common broadleaf cattail) and cross-species Typha X Glauca. Most other species are found in shallower waters. Additional Information, Many parts of this cattail, are edible. The dormant sprouts on the roots and bases of the leaves, the inner core of the stalks, and the starchy roots among them. The yellow pollen and green bloom spikes are also edible at different times of the year. In Vietnamese cuisine, the edible stalks refer to as bồn bồn.