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Reed is the common name for several tall grass-like plants, usually found in wetlands.
Reed is also found along the margins of fens, lakes, marshes, and streams from the Arctic regions to the tropics. Reeds are broad-leafed grass with a stiff, smooth vertical stem and feathery flower clusters about 36-60 in (0.9 - 1.5 m) tall.
According to the modern circumscription, all members of the reed family come in the order 'Poales' which includes the grass family; Poaceae, the Sedge family; Cyperaceae, and other families such as Typhaceae and Restionaceae. They harvest the green stems of reeds for cellulose content.
For millennia different cultures have used dried reed stems to construct various types of buildings. Marsh Arabs are one of the people who built this type of buildings. In many places, the common reed is also used for thatching roofs, in basketry, in musical instruments, and for making arrows and pens.
Keep reading to know more about cattail plant facts.
Common cattail plants are important to wildlife, especially in wetlands. They provide a haven for many small aquatic creatures and tiny fish, that birds and other animals feed on. Let's take a look at some other interesting facts about this plant:
About 30 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants come under 'Typha,' which belongs to the family Typhaceae. Let's explore more about this plant's natural habitat:
Cattails are even nicknamed 'survival supermarkets' as all parts of the plant are fit for human consumption. But there is a hazardous look-alike known as iris which may inhabit the same marshes. We can distinguish a cattail from a dangerous iris by looking for the distinctive cigar heads which are not present in the iris. Let's look at some other interesting benefits of cattail plants:
There are many benefits to look forward to in this diverse plant, including its use for many medicinal purposes. Let's take a look:
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