Native SpeciesNarrow-leaved cattail

Typha angustifolia
FOUND by Popeyes
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Scooby doo
Peer reviewed by Square pants
Field Notes
Team Popeye is happy because we like snow. I can smell a disgusting sewer smell. I can see a mucky pond with green dots all over it. It feels mushy and has a soft texture. It is very damp and weak. I can hear my group members screaming because they are stuck in the bog. I can see one of my group members stuck on an island of snow. We are surprised about how much water there is in the bog. We are also surprised that the water isn't frozen yet (It's freezing). Some questions we had are “Are we going to fall through the ice?” It feels like a hard corn-dog and they look like it to. They don't smell like anything because they are frozen. One problem is one of my team members got stuck in the middle of the bog. Also we didn't have our yellow sheet.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Stem- 2 meters tall, stiff, about 2cm wide, remained standing after they died in the winter.
Photo of my evidence.
Leaves- Tall narrow dark green leaves it's ½cm to 1cm and at least 2m tall.
Photo of my evidence.
Seasonal Change- The stem got really brown and weak through the winter as it died, also the cattail is weak and brown.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Typha angustifolia
Common name:
Narrow-leaved cattail
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.662850 °
W -70.346890 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - On a wetland
Trip Information
Westbrook Middle School 10/11
Trip date: 
Mon, 2011-10-31 09:00
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Go Team Popeye!! Sounds like you all had a great time mucking about in a frozen wet place. Some day you'll have to go to a real bog, there are a lot of them in Maine... it's like walking in the bouncy house, but the "ground" (a layer of peat moss over water) can give way, and the next thing you know, you're up to your hip in water.

Anyhow, the photo with the ruler shows the gap between the female flowering part (the "corn-dog") and where the male flowers were. To be most helpful, though, a photo with a ruler would be a little closer in, showing the measurements on the ruler so a viewer could measure the size of the leaf, or whatever you were showing in the photo.

Good job!