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Typha latifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Poales
Family: Typhaceae
Genus: ''Typha''

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Typha is a genus of plants. They are found in wetland habitats. They are commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere, but may be found in wetlands elsewhere. These plants are known in British English as bulrush, bullrush or reedmace, and in American English as cattail or punks.


  • Typha angustifolia - Lesser Bulrush or Narrow Leaf Cattail
  • Typha angustifolia x T. latifolia - Hybrid or White Cattail
  • Typha domingensis - Southern Cattail
  • Typha latifolia - Common Cattail
  • Typha laxmannii - Laxman's Bulrush
  • Typha minima - Dwarf Bulrush
  • Typha orientalis and Typha muelleri - Raupo
  • Typha shuttleworthii - Shuttleworth's Bulrush

Uses by humans

Cattails were once used to make paper. Cattail paper is very heavy and coarse, and is rarely used today. Cattail has also been used as a water filter to remove the poisonous chemical arsenic from drinking water.

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