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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/16/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/16/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 971. 1753.
Description Plants 1-3 m. tall. Leaves narrowly ensiform, 0.3- 1.0 cm. broad. Staminate and pistillate spikes of the inflorescence usually separated by a portion of naked peduncle, the pistillate less than 2 cm. in diameter; pistillate flowers usually having hair-like bractlets with dilated tips
Note Very widely distributed in both hemispheres through- out the world, frequenting marshes and sloughs.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: near Almirante, Woodson d Schery S. n. CANAL ZONE: Gatuin Lake, Killip I2I86; Frijoles, Standley 3I490; Matachin to Las Cascadas, Cowell 346.
Note Graebner's account of Typhaceae (in Engl. Pflan- zenreich 48:1-16. 1900) recognizes a most confusing array of species, subspecies, variety, lusus and proles segregation from which it appears unprofitable, if not impossible, to disentangle the complete bibliography of our Panama plant. Typha angustifolia, the Narrowleaf Cat-tail of the United States, is known under the name of Tule, Tule de Balsa, Enea, and Espadafa. According to Standley (Fl. Costa Rica 1:66. 1937), the fluffy "wool" from the spikes is sometimes used for stuffing pillows and cushions.
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