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(reedmace; family Typhaceae)

A genus of tall, stout, rhizomatous herbs which grow in shallow water. They are usually more than 2 m in height, with long, simple stems. The leaves arise from the base and are linear and elongated with a thick, spongy inner tissue, sheathing at the base. The plant relies on wind pollination and wind dispersal. The leaves of T. latifolia (reedmace) are used as weav-ing material for baskets and mats. There are 10–12 species, found in shallow, freshwater habitats of temperate and tropical regions throughout the world.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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