Reed Mace
Fact File
Taken at Baron's Haugh on 7th May 2011 with Nikon D40X with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
Taken at Strumpshaw Fen on 14th July 2010 with Nikon D40X with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
 
Reed Mace.
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AKA:
Typha latifolia.
Typhaceae.
Perennial.

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Wet places, marshes, bogs.
July-August.
1.5-3.0 Mts.
The Reed Mace is very often mis-identified as being the "bulrush". This sad state of affairs arose when the artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema painted Reed Mace plants in his "Moses in the Bulrushes". Bulrushes are a much less imposing pond plant. Reed Mace's fluffy seeds were once used as stuffing for bedding and pillows. The leaves were used for making baskets and boats.