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The broad-leave cattail is scientifically known as typha latifolia--typha meaning bog and latifolia meaning wide or broad leave It is a common plant that grows in fresh marshes ditches ponds or other wet and moist soil areas where high levels of organic material are present This plant is located worldwide The cattail is part of the cattail family typhaceae Cattails are among the most common of all aquatic plants They get their name from their cylindrical flower spikes that can be more than one foot long Cattails often dominate large areas especially where waterlevels fluctuate The broad-leave cattail grows in sunny or partially shaded location in tropical or temperate climates located throughout the world Low and middle elevations suit the plant well The broad-leave cattail can grow 1 to 3 meters in height The stem is rounded with twelve to sixteen erect leaves that are 8-15 millimeters wide and 1-3 meters long The cattail has a two-rowed leaf arrangement The flower spikes are densely packed with tiny flowers Cattail leaves are straplike and stiff and rounded on the back The leaves are sheathed together at their bases Therefore cattail plants appear to be flattened from the side Leaves are straight in the bottom half but twist and spiral in the top half The pollen-producing male flowers are located on the top of the plant The female portion of the plant which produces the seeds is located right beneath the male spike There is no gap between the two spikes The staminate flowers are located on the upper 6-11 centimeters of the plant The pistallate flowers are located on the lower 3-20 centimeters The broad-leave cattail is perennial or having a life cycle of more than two years It has a fibrous root system The common cattail is also monoecious This means that it has the stamens and pistil on separate flowers on the same plant The common cattail can reproduce sexually or asexually It produces
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