Native SpeciesBroad-leaved cattail

Typha latifolia
FOUND by 000028
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Antionette, Dex, Jack, and Bella
Peer reviewed by Antionette, Dex, Jack, and Bella
Field Notes
It is a cold crisp fall day in September. It is in the morning and the grass still has dew on it. My teammates and I are on the hunt to find some cattails and purple loosestrife, some semi aquatic invasive species! Our teacher has placed our quadrant on the bank of a small stream, near the parking lot of our school. We don't see any cattails at first, but they were there along with many other species. The bank of the little stream is very muddy and in the process of putting down the quadrant, one unlucky member of our group got a dirty sneaker.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
On our plant we found large, brown seed pods which are found a broad leaf cat-tail. When you think of cat-tails, this is what you think of.
Photo of my evidence.
They had long broad leaves. This is another characteristic of a broad-leaved cat-tail.
Photo of my evidence.
The plant had a tall, rounded, stem that was growing on the bank of a stream.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Typha latifolia
Common name:
Broad-leaved cattail
Count of individuals: 
Between 1/2 and 3/4
Pollinators (plants)
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.736980 °
W -70.275550 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - In a developed area
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: 
5 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
Recent disturbance
Tree canopy cover: 
Open to 1/4 covered
Soil moisture: 


When you said that you were using a quadrat, I couldn't see where you placed it. Next time, you could take a picture from the top instead of the side.

you guys had a lot of information, but it would have been better if you backed up your work with information from your plants id card, your field notes were very well written!

You should go visit a bog sometime. If you're not careful where you step, you can land hip-deep in the water (this can actually be dangerous, so I'm not recommending it)... This is why it is a good thing to do field work with a partner. Usually your other leg keeps you from falling all the way through!

Thank you for your advice. Yes bogs are cool. Yes, we were very careful and partners are helpful... but one of them is clumsy and fell in... but that's OK.

A dirty sneaker is the mark of a true scientist! So curious about what you're seeing that you forget where you're stepping.

Nice observation. Did you rule out narrow leaved cattail? They're so similar I have trouble remembering which one is which!

Yep! One dirty sneaker didn't phase us! (Even though it still is dirty....) We are pretty sure it is broad leafed, since we had an information sheet which said it was Typha Latifolia, which in simpler terms is broad leafed cattail. Thanks for your comment!