Cat-tails are among the most common
of all aquatic and wetland plants anywhere. Cat-tails
get their name from their brown cylindrical flower spikes
which can be more than 1 ft. long.
Cat-tails provide protective cover and nesting areas
for animals and birds.
to 9 ft. tall; leaf
blades strap-like, stiff, rounded on back,
spiraling in top half, sheathed together at base to
appear "flattened"; inflorescence
spike-like, very densely packed with tiny flowers, male
flowers in top cluster, female flowers in bottom cluster