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Phragmites australis

Le roseau commun
Common Reed

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower size

spikelet 12-15 mm

Flowering months

September,

October,

November,

December

Leaf type

Linear

Height

2-6 m

Description

This plant forms extensive reed beds, it can grow in water up to 1 m deep or even form floating mats.

It protects the river edges against erosion and harbours nesting birds, fish and small mammals.

It is used in waste water treatment and thatching. The fibres are used in the textile and paper industry.

Flowers

This reed flowers in bushy panicles 20-50 cm long.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Blade, 20-50 cm long, 2-3 cm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Caryopsis: a dry fruit, grain.

Edible

Rhizomes, shoots and seeds. Marshmallows can be made from the sweet gum of young stems by drying and pounding it into flour, moistening it and shaping it into marshmallows.

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