Common Name: Sweet Pepperbush
Species Name: Clethra Alnifolia
Common Name: Berry-type Species
Species Name: Vaccinium Species (General)
Common Name: Cat Tail
Species Name: Typha Latifolia
Tall perennial herb growing from thick, white, fleshy rhizomes. The alternate leaves are tightly clasping at the base, and are long, upright, flat on the inside and rounded on the outside, with a spongy interior (pithy). They are mostly about 2 cm across and up to 2 meters or more tall. The flowers are borne in a compact, terminal spike on a round stalk, familiar to most people as the “cat’s tail”.
Common Name: Robbins’ Spike-Rush
Species Name: Eleocharis Robinsii
Stems green and leafless. Stem length ranges from 5 inches to 4 feet with varying diameters. Plant grows in a clump, similar to turf. Mature stems are tipped with a brown to black, scaly, lance-shaped spikelet. Reproduces from rootstocks and seeds. Usually found on muddy or sandy shores and shallow water, but submerged forms do occur. Common throughout the United States in fresh and brackish water.