Common Name: Bulrush (Bullrush, Cattail, Reed Mace)
Latin Name:Typha spp.
Family Name: Typhaceae
Although parts of the Bulrush have been eaten by humans for thousands of years, and we can find no sources that indicate any inherent toxicity, it is known that this plant has the capacity to absorb lead, pesticides, arsenic and other toxic chemicals from polluted water. These are most probably stored in the rhizomes (which in any case are high in starch and protein and should never be fed to tortoises or turtles). It is possible, however, that some of the harmful substances that are absorbed could find their way into the leaves and other parts of the plant, so we would not recommend feeding this plant to your tortoise or turtle (but if any parts are accidentally nibbled no harm would come).
Do not confuse with the various species of Sedge that are also called Bulrush.