Taxon  Report   6465 
Phragmites australis  (Cav.) Steud.
Common reed
Phragmites australis
© 2011 Nick Kurzenko
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Phragmites australis
© 2009 Steve Matson
Phragmites australis
© 1995 Saint Mary's College of California
Phragmites australis, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Phragmites australis
© 2005 Luigi Rignanese
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Phragmites
Alkali Sink, Creosote Bush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian
Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Phragmites communis ssp. berlandieri
PLANTS: Phragmites phragmites
ICPN + PLANTS: Phragmites australis var. berlandieri
ICPN: Phragmites berlandieri
ICPN + PLANTS: Phragmites communis var. berlandieri
ICPN + PLANTS: Phragmites communis
More information about  Phragmites australis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
Photos on

Phragmites Field Guide:  Distinguishing native and exotic forms of Phragmites australis in the United States. Jil Swearingen and Kristin Saltonstall (Plant Conservation Alliance)

Cal-IPC 2006:  Species Native to Part of California, but Invasive in Other Parts of the State

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Aug 16, 2018).

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