is your first view of the pond. As the cattail population expands year to year,
the exact position of the open pond varies. Cattail is termed the "Supermarket
of the Swamp" as all parts are useful in some way.
in symbiosis with the roots are responsible for cleaning/filtering the water that
slowly flows by, as organic materials are broken down and recycled.
The roots provide
food for many heterotrophs, large and small, and shelter for reptiles and amphibians.
stalks provide shelter and protection for nesting birds. Humans have used the
young pods for food and the seed fluff for bedding.