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Typha capensis, is a species of plant that lives near water in southern Africa.
Growth and physical appearanceEdit
The genus name, Typha, may refer to the Greek typhos, meaning marsh, or typhe, meaning cat's tail. The species name, capensis refers to the Cape where it is found.
Uses and importanceEdit
T. capensis is considered a pest species, but has been known to be useful and important to people and the environment. It is used for venereal diseases, strengthen uterine contractions, and to improve circulation of diarrhea and dystentery. The pollen is used as food.
T. capensis is very important to several species of birds, such as the Moorhen, African Black Duck, Red Bishop, Yellowrumped Widow, and Common Waxbill.