Common name: Cattail
Scientific name: Typhus dominguensis
Description: Tall reed-like perennial with long narrow leaves and soft, dense flower spikes.
Uses: The Pima use the split, dry stalks for coiled basketry. The cattail flower, wupdaj, can be used to make pillows - mo'ochkud is 'pillow.' Both the roots and flowers/pollen are also edible. Pollen also played(s) a role in ceremony for many Native American people.
Kimberley A. Ryan, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories