Native SpeciesNarrow-leaved cattail

Typha angustifolia
FOUND by 000038
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by 000042
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Field Notes
There are about six species in our quadrat. Our quadrat is in a marsh area near bees, which is a problem.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Its has long leaves coming out of the ground, and the leaves are green and brown. The long leaves are lanced shape and ranges from 1 - 2 meters.
Photo of my evidence.
It grows in the moused dirt, very sturdy steam, water up to 2 to 3 cm in depth. The stem is very durable and contains very thick layers of stringy plant like material.
Photo of my evidence.
The top of the Cattail is brown, and has brown flowering spikes. When broken it creates white stuff which flows with the wind.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Typha angustifolia
Common name:
Narrow-leaved cattail
Count of individuals: 
Between 1/4 and 1/2
Flower (plants)
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.736900 °
W -70.275540 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - On a wetland
Trip Information
Falmouth Middle School - Osprey
Trip date: 
Mon, 2012-09-24 14:04
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
6 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Recent disturbance
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 


nice pictures and is there any purple loosestrife in that area because where we looked it looked like we found cattails near purple loosestrife. Good job!

Good thinking, 42md5. Loosestrife is often found growing in the same habitat as cattails. In some cases, loosestrife will move in and completely replace the cattail population over time. Is that what you're seeing happening where you found loosestrife, or is it too soon to tell?

The loosestrife has not been taking over because the galerucella beetles are eating the plant at my school. It's cool

I agree! Your Galerucella beetle Field Mission is really cool (and really important!). Keep watching those beetles. If team 00038 ever finds loosestrife in their cattails (hope not!), you'll have a lot you can teach them about controlling its spread with Galerucella!

We went to some power lines and a group in my school found loosestrife and through out the years my science teacher will take other classes out and see if the beetles are doing there jobs.

I'll say yes, but it's a little hard to tell from the photos... the two species overlap in characteristics, and they can hybridize.

You made me laugh with your comment about the bees. My brother, who is visiting from California, says "that kid gets extra credit".

Did you notice what is attached to the white fluffy stuff?

We did a really good job.