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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cattails - Death and Birth

 
Went for another road walk today. Everything else is very icy and difficult (although I see on Facebook that some friends hiked the Manistee River Trail). Nevertheless, it's good for me to save my gas money for my big hike of the year in May.

I was looking for something of interest to picture. The common cattail, Typha latifolia, was just waiting for me. Is there anyone not familiar with its silhouette?

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At this time of year, last season's stems are often broken, weighted down by snow and ice.

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But of course, that's all part of the plan. The "sausages," actually the inflorescence, are breaking open and releasing their fluff.

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Birds often use the fluff to line nests. And attached to each silky thread is a seed, just like in the dandelion or the milkweed.

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4 comments:

Ratty said...

Cattails were one of the first plants I remember liking.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

I have heard Typha latifolia called cattail but it was a long time ago, it's common name here is Bulrush and it's cousin lesser bulrush - T. angustifolia.

Ann said...

I've always liked the look of cattails

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Lovely post. :) I do so love such signs of the infinite spirals of nature.

And the cattails are surely beautiful!

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