The Commelinidae
Family Overview - Typhales

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.

Floral structure:

typh - floral formula

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.


Delta pic - Typha

More information on the Typhaceae

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