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Phragmites


Classification:

Family:  Poaceae
Genus species:  Phragmites australis

Flowers:
Flowers are produced in large dense spikelets.

Habitat:
Phragmites forms large dense stands in wetlands.

More Information:

Phragmites australis is a non-native and invasive plant species.  Phragmites can spread rapidly through underground rhizomes.  An individual plant may spread up to 15 feet per year.

Phragmites is often used as an ornamental grass in homeowners' lawns, but the plant easily escapes  and invades wetlands. Phragmites is an aggressive plant and can readily outcompete other wetland plants from shallow-water habitats.

Etymology

Phragmites is from the Greek for "reed-of-hedges."  The species name, australis, is from the Latin for "from the south."

 

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