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Common name

English: Broadleaf Cattail, Common Cattail

German: Breitblättriger Rohrkolben

Mandarin: 宽叶香蒲 (kuan ye xiang pu)

Portuguese: Tábua-larga


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Liliopsida (389)

      Order: Typhales (4)

        Family: Typhaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Typha (3)

            Epithet: latifolia L. (9)

Synonyms: Massula latifolia Dulac (L.), Typha ambigua Schur, Typha angustifolia Kronf., Typha crassa Raf., Typha elatior Boreau, Typha elongata Dudley (Dudley), Typha engelmannii A.Br. ex Rohrb., Typha intermedia Schur, Typha latifolia Louis-Marie, Typha major Curtis, Typha media Bubani, Typha palustris Bubani, Typha pendula Fisch., Typha remotiuscula Schur, Typha spathulaefolia Kronf., Typha spathulifolia Kronf.

ambigua => doubtful, of uncertain relationship

angustifolia => with narrow leaves

elatior => higher, very lofty

elongata => elongated, lengthened, drawn out, extended

intermedia => intermediate, in between, a hybrid

latifolia => with broad leaves

major => larger than the type

media => in between - as of a hybrid for instance

palustris => bog, swamp-loving

pendula => hanging down as through weakness of the stem

remotiuscula => somewhat remote, a little withdrawn

spathulifolia => spatula shaped leaves


Climate: temperate

Habitat: hydrophytic

Habit: herb

External links

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