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Common Reed

Scientific Name: Phragmites australis 

Description: A common, semi-aquatic reed of marshlands, Phragmites is up to 3 metres tall, fast growing and bamboo like and forms extensive reed beds. These dense stands are important habitat for many wetland birds. It spreads quickly by creeping rhizomes and is tolerant of salt and water logging. The leaves are smooth and flat while the flowers are fluffy, pale tufts with obvious silky threads. Phragmites was used extensively by the Wadawurrung for weaving and tools.

Plant form: Grasses and allies
Where to find:
swamp edges, brackish and freshwater marshes
grey green to 60cm long and tapering to a point
Flowering: January-April