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Common Reed
Phragmites australis
Family: Poaceae

Flowering: August-September. Deciduous perennial. Native.

Large feathery flower-heads, 1-sided, branched and spreading.
Many dark purplish-brown spikelets, without awns but with long silky hairs on stalks. Flat, smooth leaves, greyish beneath. Sheaths split, line of short hairs instead of ligules. Stems 125-250cm.

Very frequent at lake edges and in ditches, marshes and canals. Used in thatching and planted as reed-beds for water-purification.

Similar: Reed Canary-grass, Phalaris arundinaceae


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