The Dwarf Reed Mace Bulrush (Typha minima) is a perennial herbaceous plant in the Typhaceae family of bulrushes and cattails.
It is widespread across Europe and Asia.
It is a hemicryptophyte hydrophyte – it is an aquatic marshland plant with over-wintering buds that are submerged in water.
It has rhizomes that grow up to 20 centimetres deep in the ground.
The Dwarf Reed Mace Bulrush grows to 30-80 centimetres (12-31 inches) tall.
The leaves are bluish-green. Its flowers are small and pollinated by the wind. Male flowers are yellowish and female flowers are greenish.
When the flowers finish blooming, the male flowers disperse, whereas the female flowers become round, brown seed spikes.
It blooms from May to June, and may also flower again in August.
Photographed in the Botanical Garden, Paris, June 2019.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls