Native SpeciesBroad-leaved cattail

Typha latifolia
FOUND by fpoon
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by gardener guy
Peer reviewed by redhotoompaloompas
Field Notes
We see, hear, and smell: We hear other people tramping around, we see them walking through the cattails, and we smell the sweet smell of plants. We are surprised by what we found or didn't find because: In the area we were in, there were very many cattails, so we were not surprised when we found the species we were looking for.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Our catails have brown flowering spikes at the top which said to be a describing feature on broad leaved cattails.
Photo of my evidence.
In the species ID card it states that cattails are supposed to be about three meters tall. The cattails. We measured are taller Thant two meters, we estimated about 2.5 meters.
Photo of my evidence.
On our species ID card, it says that the leaves on the cattails are 1-2 cm wide. As can be seen in the photo, the leaves to the species we measured are in fact 1.5 cm, which fits the criteria.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Typha latifolia
Common name:
Broad-leaved cattail
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.593292 °
W -70.231875 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Field
Trip Information
CEMS School Grounds 2015 P.4
Trip date: 
Wed, 2015-10-07 10:30
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Yes, this is the broad-leaved cattail.

LOVE the sketch! Good photos too!

These are some really detailed photos and a lovely sketch. Nice work!