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Phragmites australis
 Common Reed
Phragmites australis seed head in winter
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Phragmites (Greek, growing in hedges, apparently from its hedge-like growth along ditches). Gramineae. Large grasses, useful for planting in wet places.

Tall stout perennials with long running rootstocks, strong culms and terminal panicles with the aspect of Arundp: spikelets 3-7-fld. Differs from Arundo chiefly in having glabrous sharp-pointed not bifid lemmas, the long hairs confined to the rachilla-joints, and in that the lowest floret is staminate.—Species 3, 1 in Trop. Asia, 1 in S. Amer. and 1, our species, cosmopolitan. CH

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