Typha latifolia L.

Lesser Reed-mace

Sp. Pl. 971 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Leaves grey-green; sheath of distal leaves distinctly auriculate; lamina up to 100 cm long, 1–2 cm wide. Male part and female part of inflorescence not separated or separated by up to 0.5 cm. Pollen shed in tetrads. Female part of inflorescence 10–20 cm long, 15–25 mm diam., blackish brown to dark red-brown, or rarely red-brown; floral bracts absent; stigma narrowly obovate to obovate, usually flat, somewhat fleshy, papillose and darker at apex. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

*EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *RobP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised in NSW, Tas. Native in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Formerly planted around farm dams etc. for decorative purposes, but now naturalised along slow-moving streams, irrigation channels, swamps and lakes in several localities.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Typhaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Typhaceae
genus Typha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Typha latifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Typha latifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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New South Wales