What's in a name?

That which we call a...cattail.

 Domain - Eukarya

 Kingdom - Plantae - the plants

Subkingdom - Tracheobionta - vascular plants

 Super-division - Spermatophyta - seed plants

 Division - Magnoliophyta - flowering plants

 Class - Liliopsida - monocotyledons, identified by parallel venation in the leaves

Sub-class - Commelinidae -  noted by an absence of lignin in the cell walls

 Order - Typhales - the cattail family

 Family - Typhaceae - the cattails in North America

 Genus - Typha - comes from the Greek word "tufh" that means bulrush or cattail

 Species - latifolia - comes from the Latin word "latus",  meaning "broad", and "folius" meaning "leaf"


Above is a phylogenetic tree, based on molecular data, showing the kingdom through the sub-class of Typha latifolia. Below is also a phylogenetic tree that is based on molecular data. It is showing the sub-class through the genus.

Curious about where Typha latifolia lives? Click here.



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