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Seed of the Week: Cattails

Did you recognize the tiny seeds on parachutes last week?

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They were from plants commonly called cattails. The genus name, Typha, is Greek for cattail.

Cattails  are common residents of wetlands. The leaves are straight, sword-like blades.

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Some species are quite tall.

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Cattail plants are a favorite hang out spot for redwing blackbirds. Other birds, such as ducks, nest in dense clumps of cattails.

Have you ever seen a cattail flower with a thinner part at the top? That is the male flower. It falls off when the female part is pollinated.

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Edit;  Here's a photograph of cattails seeds dispersing with a little help from a friend.


Have you seen cattails? Did you guess the seeds?

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