Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Today in Delaware County, the stand of cattails that rim the pond behind our office caught my eye. There isn't much more fun a kid can have than ripping into a cattail- I remember getting covered in the white fluff more than a few times The fluff is a combination of tiny seeds and small silk like fibers that enable the seed to be spread by wind and water. And they sure do get around- it's hard to find any semi-permanent bodies of water that don't have cattails rimming the edges.
In Ohio, we have three types of cattails. The increasingly rare broad-leaf cattail is our native species. There's also the narrow-leaved cattail, originally thought to be native to the Atlantic coast but now believed to have come to us from Europe. And last but not least- there's a super aggressive form that appears to be a hybrid between the two species. Wherever you see a massive stand of nothing but cattails, it's most likely the hybrid.
And speaking of the east coast- we'll be off for a few days for the long holiday weekend- Have a happy Thanksgiving!