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cattail

or

reed mace,

any plant of the genus Typha, perennial herbs found in almost all open marshes. The cattail (also called club rush) has long narrow leaves, sometimes used for weaving chair seats, and a single tall stem bearing two sets of tiny flowers, the male flowers above the female. The pollinated female flowers form the familiar cylindrical spike of fuzzy brown fruits; the male flowers drop off and leave a naked stalk tip. The starchy rootstock can be used for food. Cattails are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Typhales, family Typhaceae.

cattail

used by da Vinci as symbol of humility. [Plant Symbol-ism: Embolden, 25]
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During the summer, men from the countryside collect cattails that grow in shallow waters of the lakes, rivers and wetlands of Hubin, then transport them back to the village.
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