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Bulrush

Observed: 29th March 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Bulrush
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Species with which Bulrush (Typha latifolia) interacts

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geff.2007's picture

Bulrush

Also known as Great Reedmace

Simon Walker's picture

Really confusing!

I'd call these reed mace, but colloquially I've often heard people refer to them as bullrushes. Others reserve bulrush for types of sedges. The Americans call them cattails, I think.

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Names

Hi Simon, if you enter Great Reedmace on iSpot it defaults to Bulrush with the same scientific name. Regards Chris.

Simon Walker's picture

Names

Hi Chris
I can remember being told by my father many, many years ago (about fifty, actually) that they weren't bulrushes, but reed-mace. I think I prefer the name reed-mace; I suspect it has a good deal of age behind it. I suspect that the origin is from the Old French (mace, a form of club); the reed-mace resembles a mace made of reed. Or something like that.
When I think of bulrushes, I think of the Moses story, and the writer probably didn't mean reed-mace, more likely papyrus. But then, it may have been the nearest translation available to Tyndale and the committee who translated for the James I edition of the Bible.
Interesting, isn't it?