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Common reed

Phragmites australis


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.


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


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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Barrington, Rhode Island, USA

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

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