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The Common Reed (Phragmites australis) is a species of plany in the Poaceae family.

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This species is throughout Britain, inhabiting wetlands such as fens, reedbeds, marshes, salt-marshes, rivers, ect. This tall plant can reach 3m (10ft) in height, with long, slender green leaves and a "feathery flower-head". They flower from August to September.

The stems of these reeds are the largest in Britian and are tough enough to be used for thatching.
Common Reed

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