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Typha latifolia L.
Family Typhaceae
Typha latifolia L. APNI*

Description: Robust, emergent monoecious aquatic perennial to 3 m high.

Rhizomes to c. 20 mm diam.; stems to 20 mm diam.

Upper leaves with sheath auriculate. Leaves with blade to 1.5 m long, to 25 mm wide. Inflorescence with male and female spikes separated by 0–0.5 cm. Mature female spike 10–20 cm long, 15–25 mm diam., usually dark brown, sometimes red-brown; floral bracts absent; stigma narrow-obovate to obovate, usually flat, somewhat fleshy and tipped with black. Male spike 6–16 cm long, 10–15 mm diam.; pollen shed as tetrads.


Flowering: during warmer months.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swamps, margins of lakes; one record for N.S.W. at Faulconbridge. Native of temp. areas of N Hemisphere.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
AVH map***

In Vic. it is common and spreading rapidly and becoming a serious weed of irrigation systems.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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