Species: Typha latifolia

weed identification

common name
Cumbungi, Cat Tails

Cumbungi is an emergent aquatic plant with green, strap like leaves that reach up to 3 metres tall. The plant features dense spikes which resemble a cat’s tail and are dark brown or dark red-brown in colour.


It is commonly found in still or slow-moving bodies of fresh or brackish water.

native or exotic?

Cumbungi produces thousands of seeds and forms new plants from its subsurface stems.


The seed may be transported by wind, in water and mud as well as by animals.


Cumbungi provides important food and cover for wildlife including waterfowl and birds. They also filter runoff entering the water body.

What does Cumbungi look like?

Use these images below to help you decide whether you are dealing with Cumbungi.

Disadvantages of Cumbungi

Cumbungi grows prolifically and if not contained its growth can negatively impact a water body.

  • Obstruct water flow
  • Impact access to the water from the banks
  • Potential to dominate water bodies
  • Removes other aquatic plants
  • Reduces food and habitat for fish and other aquatic animals


AQ200 Aquatic Herbicide + Wetting Agent – Chemical Herbicide designed to kill emergent weeds quickly. Use on mild to severe infestations.

Aquatic Weed Rake and Razor Combo – DIY physical removal. Ideal for mild infestations, sensitive water bodies or to aid herbicide treatment.

Aquatic Harvesting – Large amphibious machine that cuts and clears emergent aquatic weeds. Book this service for severe infestations or for larger water bodies.

prevention options

Aerating Fountains – Reduces the severity and likelihood of aquatic weed infestations. Use in any body of water.