West Highland Flora

Bulrush


Typha latifolia

Other name: Reedmace

Typha latifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jun 2002 Holy Island, Northumbria

Occasional in or beside fresh water where soil is rich, often growing with Common Reed.  Sometimes planted in managed water-bodies.

Plant to 3 m tall.  Dark brown female flower spike c 18-30 mm wide.  Leaves c 10-18 mm wide.

ID: Has a slender straw-coloured male spike above a sturdy dark brown sausage-shaped female spike, without a gap between them, or with a gap of up to 2 cm on a minority of stems.  If there is a gap of > 2 cm and the female spike is narrow, more like a pencil than a sausage, then we have Lesser Bulrush (T angustifolia) which is rare in the region.

Other features: Leaves long, narrow, Iris-like, overtopping the flower spikes.  The spikes flower in July-August and then gradually break up over the winter to release thousands of Dandelion-like feathery seeds.

 

Typha latifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2004 Flashader, Skye

  Typha latifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2004 Flashader, Skye
Leaf-sheath c 2.5 cm across at base of pic

 

Typha latifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Sep 2005 Doncaster


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