Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima)
Category: Pond Plants
Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima) common names Miniature Cattail, Dwarf Bulrush or Bulrush, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Typhaceae family that is in the major group Angiosperms (Flowering plants).
The biological form of Typha minima is hemicryptophyte (which means half-hidden)also meaning that they are plants half submerged. Vegetative repeduction, takes place by means of a short 5 to 8 millimeters thick rhizome (A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes. Also called rootstalk, rootstock), that grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) deep in the ground.
Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima) is the smallest of the cattails. It reaches on average (12–31 inches) 30–80 centimeters in height, with a maximum of (55 inches) 140 centimeters. The leaves are blueish-green, uninterrupted, very narrow and duel. The minute flowers are unisexual and wind-pollinated. Male (staminate capable of fertilizing female organs) flowers are yellowish, while female (pistillate) flowers are greenish. The female inflorescence is brownish, elliptical (ovel-shaped).