Thursday, 1 November 2007

Reed Mace/ Bulrush/Cattail

In America the Reed Mace/Bulrush is called "cattail". The Latin name for this plant is Typha Latifolia. The word Typha means "a cats tail".

Other uses for the leaves include what were traditionally children's toys made by the native people of North America.

The Cattail duck

and Cattail dolls

I used Birch bark to make the buckets for the "Milk Maid" at the back of this picture.

Here is a seasonal Cattail doll; a Christmas angel

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