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Common reed

Phragmites australis

Description:

Tall growing non-native invasive grass. Phragmites is capable of forming dense monotypic stands, particularly in disturbed wetlands. This picture is the flowering head in winter.

Habitat:

Disturbed wetlands, including former salt marshes that are cut off from adequate tidal exchange. Also common in roadside ditches.

Notes:

There is a native form of Phragmites that is much less invasive than the European variety. Natural habitat for this form is along the edge of coastal wetlands.

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TimTwohig
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TimTwohig

Barrington, Rhode Island, USA

Spotted on Dec 29, 2011
Submitted on Jan 13, 2012

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