Monday, 7 November 2011

Mosaic Monday: Reedmace

2011-11-04

Reedmace / Bulrush / Cattail / Typha / (Swedish: Kaveldun)

Until I looked it up in Wikipedia, I had no idea how useful this plant can be. It seems it can be used for food, fuel, medicinal purposes, preventing erosion, purifying poisoned water and more!

Mosaic Monday

8 comments:

  1. and for hiding baby Moses in the bulrushes to protect him from harm. beautiful and i did not know all those uses either. i forgot to say yesterday how much i like your header, it is special.

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  2. Beautirul mosaic. Most beautiful.

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  3. It is also a dessication machine and a siltation machine. The huge infestation in Africa's Lake Chad is the driving force in the expansion of the Sahara. In the USA, cattail sloughs that should be lakes are a major part of our dust bowl problem. Grown in clean water and soil, it is an excellent food source. But aquatic weeds collect toxins, so some inspection is necessary for safe usage. It is safer to use them as biofuel feedstock.

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  4. I think cattails (as we call them) are beautiful and elegant, standing so straight and tall in the water. You've taken some lovely photos of them.

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  5. You have a beautiful blog and great photos. I see cattails around all the time in Ky. but never knew much about them. Thanks for the info.
    QMM

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  6. When we bought Pondside, there were Cattails at the edge of the water, but they have disappeared in the past few years. I'd really like to plant them again.

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  7. Beautiful and with a purpose! I've seen them used here to prevent erosion and purify water and if they did nothing else, that would be enough.

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  8. They are truly amazing! I have some pictures and a post planned on them. We call them cattails here, I haven't heard the other terms.

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