perennial herbs from creeping rhizomes. Stems
simple, submerged at base, cylindrical, jointless.
Lvs. mostly radical, elongate-linear, alternate, rather thick and spongy.
Fls. unisexual, anemophilous, very numerous, crowded in a terminal
elongate spike, the male above, the female below.
Perianth of many slender, jointed threads.
Staminate fls. with 2-5 stamens; fils. free or connate; anthers linear,
basifixed. Fertile female fls. with
1-celled stipitate ovary, narrowed into a style with narrow or ligulate stigma.
Many female fls. sterile and with abortive terminal ovaries and perianth
hairs beneath. Fr. dry, tardily
dehiscent. Seed striate, with mealy
endosperm. One genus of about 10
species of fresh water and marshy places, temp. and trop. regions.
(Munz, Flora So. Calif. 1012).
Newport Bay species within the family:
Typha latifolia #