Bulrush - Typha latifolia

Alternative names

Vigorous, tall clump forming plant to 2 metres. Stout and creeping. Leaves are a pale greyish green, long and strap shaped 8 to 20 mm wide. Flower stems slightly shorter than the leaves, female part is dark brown, blotched with white on ageing up to 3 cm in diameter. The male part is straw coloured and continuous with the female part. The whole of the flowering section is up to 15 cm in length.

Similar Species

Lesser Reedmace

Identification difficulty

Lakes, pond, rivers and marshes.

When to see it

July and August.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly common nationally as far north as southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Quite frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 238 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map