Southern Cattail

North America

General description

Emergent perennial herb <2m high. Similar to native raupo, but with longer & thinner flowers. Leaves wide, flat sheaths, yellowish to greyish green

Edges of freshwater bodies, in shallow water, on range of substrates.

Seeds dispersed by water & wind; vegetatively from rhizomes.

Displaces the native bull rush raupo.

Site management

Report all sightings.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig up rhizomes remove all material from pond.
2. Spray larger terrestrial infestations (5-7L glyphosate/ha + 200ml penetrant/100L)
3. Spray larger aquatic infestations (5-7L glyphosate/ha/100L, use glyphosate formulation approved for use over water)

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Typha orientalis

T. domingensis has narrower leaves and much narrower inflorescences than the native raupo.