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Typha (/ˈtaɪfə/) is a genus of about eleven species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Typhaceae. The genus has a largely Northern Hemisphere distribution, but is essentially cosmopolitan, being found in a variety of wetland habitats.
These plants are conspicuous and hence have many common names. The may be known in British English as bulrush, orreedmace, in American English as cattail, catninetail, punks, in Australia as cumbungi or bulrush, and in New Zealand asraupo. Typha should not be confused with other plants known as bulrush, such as some sedges (mostly in Scirpus and relatedgenera).
Nothing better than going for a walk with Arden under the morning sun down to the river to throw some bulrushes into the water. We walk down, across our acreage (very very soon to be anyways) to the river side where the trees and bushes gently sway and the river slowly flows. Arden asks for a bulrush, I break it off and hand it to her and then she runs to the opening where she can walk right down to the water. She picks off some fluff and throws it into the wind and asks me to help her throw the rest of the bulrush into the river. After I toss it, she says ‘Again!’, and we go over to the bulrushes and pick a new one and do it all over again.
Along the way we see tractors drive by and boats and tour buses and Ardens’ favourite of all, motorcycles! We also walk onto the bridge, not across, because the purpose of that walk is to throw sand and rocks into the river and watch them splash.
And we always have a few minutes to sit in the swing chair soaking up the sun as well, coffee is also an important component of this whole thing. And so goes our mornings on a sunny day in the summer.
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