Authentic Wisconsin.  Cattail - Typha latifolia


 Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 4, 2020.

Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin (7/03/20).


Cattail - Typha latifolia

The Cattail is an "obligate wetland" species, meaning that it is always found in or near water. Cattail generally grows in flooded areas where the water depth does not exceed 2.6 feet; however, it has also been reported growing in floating mats (bogs) in slightly deeper water.

Cattail has a two-parted flower. The brown, sausage-shaped formation near top of stem and is made up of tiny, densely-packed pistillate (female) flowers. The thin yellow spike extending above the female part is the staminate (male) flowers.

Other names include: Broad-leaved cat-tail, common cat-tail, bulrush, common bulrush, common cattail, cat-o'-nine-tails, great reedmace, cooper's reed,

Typha: the Greek name for this plant thought to mean "bog."



CAT-TAIL
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Cat-tail, growing in the marsh,

thought his mother very harsh,

because she wouldn't let him play

with Blue-flag-lilies all day.




CAT-TAIL
(Typha latifolia)
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

The Cat-Tail people roam around,

Through any sort of marshy ground;

If you'll go buy their house at night

You'll see their yellow candle light.




For more information on Cattail, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Cattail Typha latifolia.

Or, visit the Edible Wild Foods website page about Cattail Typha latifolia.

 Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 3, 2020.
 Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 4, 2020.
 Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 4, 2020.
 Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 4, 2020.
Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra on July 12, 2020.
Cattail along shore of Lake Wingra  on November 20, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 21, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 21, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 21, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 22, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 22, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on November 22, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 5, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 5, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 5, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 16, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 16, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 16, 2020.
Cattails along boardwalk along Ho-Nee-Um Pond on December 21, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 21, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 21, 2020.
Cattails along boardwalk along Ho-Nee-Um Pond on December 26, 2020.
Cattails along boardwalk along Ho-Nee-Um Pond on December 26, 2020.
Cattails along boardwalk along Ho-Nee-Um Pond on December 26, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.
Cattails along shore of Marion Dunn Pond on December 26, 2020.

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Cattail
Typha latifolia


Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin on March 18, 2019.

Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin on March 18, 2019.


Above: Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin being visited by two Sandhill Cranes.. (3/18/19)


Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin on March 25, 2019.


Above: Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin being visited by two Sandhill Cranes. (3/25/19)


Cattails on Lake Wingrain Madison, Wisconsin on Novemebr 8, 2019.


Above: Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin. (11/08/19)


Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin on June 15, 2020.


Above: Cattails on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin. (6/15/20)


Cattails growing with Yellow Flag Iris on Lake Wingra on June 5, 2020.

Cattails growing with Yellow Flag Iris on Lake Wingra on June 5, 2020.


Above: Cattails growing with Yellow Flag Iris on Lake Wingra (6/05/20)


Cattails in Ho-Nee-Um Pond on November 20, 2020.


Above: Cattails in Ho-Nee-Um Pond (11/20/20)


Cattails in Marion Dunn Pond on November 21, 2020.


Above: Cattails in Marion Dunn Pond (11/21/20)


Cattails in Lake Wingra on November 21, 2020.


Above: Cattails in Lake Wingra (11/20/20)


Cattails in Ho-Nee-Um Pond on November 21, 2020.


Above: Cattails in Ho-Nee-Um Pond (11/20/20)


Cattail specimen from Bayfield County from July 24, 1964.


Above: Cattail specimen from Bayfield County (7/24/64)


Cattail Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by  M. T. (Penny) Ross.

Cattail Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

Cattail.

Cattail.


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