Typhaceae Typha latifolia L.

Broadleaf Cattail

Chippewa - Fiber, Building Material

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1933, Some Chippewa Uses of Plants, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Press, page 124

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Scientific name: Typha latifolia L.
USDA symbol: TYLA (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Broadleaf Cattail
Family: Typhaceae
Family (APG): Typhaceae
Native American Tribe: Chippewa
Use category: Fiber
Use sub-category: Building Material
Notes: Leaves used as mats for roofing wigwams. The leaves were laid parallel, with one overlapping another, and were then stitched together with basswood, dogbane or swamp milkweed fiber. The leaves were said to be quite effective in shedding the rain.

RECRD: 31921 id: 41201