Native SpeciesBroad-leaved cattail

Typha latifolia
FOUND by hogweedhunters
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by gardenerguy
Peer reviewed by allnighters
Field Notes
We found our species on October 15th in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We found an area completely covered in broad-leaved cattails. There were no species other than broad-leaved cattails in the immediate area. The majority of the leaves were dead but, only a few were still green. Many of the cattail heads no longer had the brown covering so many of them were just fuzz stuck to a stick.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
This is the head of the cattail. The top of it is dead. It is tan and easily broken. The bottom portion is still covered by a brown skin.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves of the cattail are two centimeters wide. Some are green, but many are brown.
Photo of my evidence.
This is the inside of the cattail heads there was a lot of fuzzy stuff (ie. the seeds). They were white and had a brownish tint on one side.
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: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.593237 °
W -70.231948 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Field
Trip Information
CEMS School Grounds 2012
Trip date: 
Mon, 2012-10-15 08:34
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


I think you're right. It's the leaf photo with the ruler that convinced me. I also very much like your drawing. It is colorful, but it also captures the essence of the broad-leaved cattail.

Many of your other photos, however, are really grainy and difficult to see.

I really like your sketch!

Did you do it in the field or from a photo? Do you like to sketch nature in general?

Nice work :)

Your third evidence picture and writing was confusing, because the information on the seeds was not on the Species ID card. Because of this, the seeds do not prove that it is broad-leaved cattail. Overall though, nice job!