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Cattails grow in dense stands in fresh or brackish marshes and around the margins of lakes, ponds and sluggish streams. Cattails have stiff, unbranched stems and long, erect, swordlike leaves. The stems are topped by dense cylindrical spikes of tiny brown flowers (golden when laden with pollen) that look like sausages or cat’s tails. Common cattail gets up to 9′ tall and the upper, male or pollen bearing flower spike is joined to the lower, female part.

Source: Floridata

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