Raupo - Typha orientalis

Raupo, or bullrush, is a vigorous erect clump-forming plant with spreading rhizomes.

It is found throughout New Zealand in shallow fertile waters of sheltered lakes and swamps.

The leaves are pale green and it is the seedheads that immediately identify this plant. Raupo has large, furry brown, cylindrical seed heads, the lower female part and the narrower upper male part. The seedheads are fluffy when ripe.

Raupo dies down in the Winter

An important wetland plant that creates a nursery for revegetation and also a safe place for many species of birds to nest, feed and hide from predators.


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Taken on July 15, 2012