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Bulrush

Observed: 14th August 2011 By: bradscottukbradscottuk’s reputation in Plantsbradscottuk’s reputation in Plantsbradscottuk’s reputation in Plantsbradscottuk’s reputation in Plants
P8140043
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Species with which Bulrush (Typha latifolia) interacts

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Reed mace! Reed mace!

Pet peeve of mine, where I grew up we were taught that this was Reed Mace, and that Bullrush was that stuff that looks more like cow parsley. (there speaks the botanist, ha ha)

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

bradscottuk's picture

Indeed

Funnily enough, though, "bulrush" is the common name that "Get Recommended" pulls in to the ID

lavateraguy's picture

bulrush ...

... is also the name in most floras and field guides.

Rachy Ramone's picture

I know...

....and that annoyed me quite highly, to have what I consider to be the "wrong" common name offered as a recommendation.

But of course there is always regional variation: just because I grew up "knowing" it was Reed Mace, doesn't necessarily make that correct.

*mutters under breath*

My edition of Rose says "Bulrush (Common Reedmace)"

To avoid confusion, I will forevermore call it Typha latifolia, that should annoy people!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

martinjohnbishop's picture

Moses in the cyperus?

Rachy Ramone's picture

I know...

...it lacks that certain something, doesn't it?

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

Devonian's picture

Bulrush...

The name has been misapplied due to the books' creators going along with a common misconception.

The use of 'daddy-long-legs' to describe the crane-fly appears to be another case in point.

The likelihood is, though, that insisting on the correct name is a lost cause.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Funny you should say that...

...as I have noticed in recent years that people are using "daddy-long-legs" to describe those spiders which I call "Harvesters".

Oh, hold on *checks google before being ambushed by Experts from another category*, not spiders, Opiliones, apparently.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY