Typhaceae - the Cattail Family
Diversity: A single genus with 8-13 species; 2 species in Texas.
Distribution: Worldwide as emergent aquatics of fresh to slightly brackish marshes and shores.
Significant features: Sepals modified to scales and bristles, stamens either monadelphous or distinct, ovary borne on a slender, long-pubescent stipe. Plants are monoeious, producing a distinctive long-peduncled spadix-like structure (or 'double spadix') with the terminal portion staminate and the basal portion pistillate.
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