1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Phragmites Adans.
      1. Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Temp. & Subtropical to Tropical Mountains.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes elongated. Culms erect; reed-like; 150-600 cm long. Leaves cauline. Leaf-sheaths loose. Ligule a ciliate membrane. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; 20-60 cm long; 8-32 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface smooth. Leaf-blade apex attenuate; filiform.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle; bearing juvenile spikelets at emergence. Panicle open; oblong; dense; 20-50 cm long; 6-15 cm wide. Primary panicle branches profusely divided; bearing spikelets almost to the base. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 3-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 12-18 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1-1.25 mm long; bearded; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.66 length of lemma.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 3-11 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 12-18 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus elongated; 1-1.25 mm long; bearded; obtuse. Floret callus hairs 0.66 length of lemma.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet; similar to fertile lemma in texture; gaping. Lower glume lanceolate; 3-4.5 mm long; 0.5-0.6 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 5-9 mm long; 0.5-0.7 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume apex acute; muticous, or mucronate.
    Florets
    Basal sterile florets male, or barren; with palea; persisting on inflorescence. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to fertile lemma; lanceolate; 8-15 mm long; 1 length of fertile lemma; membranous; 3-7 -veined; acuminate. Fertile lemma lanceolate; 9-13 mm long; membranous; without keel; 1-3 -veined. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea 0.66 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels scaberulous. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Lodicules 2. Anthers 3 (2 in sterile floret). Ovary glabrous.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum elliptic.
    Distribution
    Europe: northern, central, southwestern, southeastern, and eastern. Africa: north, Macaronesia, west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, and south. Asia-temperate: Siberia, Soviet far east, Soviet Middle Asia, Caucasus, western Asia, Arabia, China, Mongolia, and eastern Asia. Asia-tropical: India and Indo-China. Australasia: Australia and New Zealand. Pacific: southwestern, south-central, and north-central. North America: Subarctic, western Canada, eastern Canada, northwest USA, north-central USA, northeast USA, southwest USA, south-central USA, southeast USA, and Mexico. South America: Mesoamericana, Caribbean, northern South America, western South America, Brazil, and southern South America.
    Reference
    Arundineae. FTEA.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alabama, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burkina, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chad, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Congo, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Florida, France, Free State, French Guiana, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Guyana, Hainan, Honduras, Hungary, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Kuwait, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Louisiana, Madeira, Maine, Malaya, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Masachusettes, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Pennsylvania, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Qinghai, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Bahamas, Brazil Southeast, Cook Is., Dominican Republic, Haiti, Hawaii, Leeward Is., New Caledonia, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Is.

    Common Names

    English
    Common Reed

    Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    K000308611
    Martinique K000308612
    Thomson, T. [s.n.], Tibet K000859961
    Thomson, T. [s.n.], Tibet K000859962
    Braun [s.n.], Switzerland K000859992
    Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000366965
    Sieber [s.n.], Egypt K000366969
    Sieber [s.n.], Egypt K000366970
    Burchell, W.J. [8642], South Africa K000366964
    Mund [s.n.], South Africa K000366966
    Braun, A. [s.n.], Germany K000859993 isotype
    Burchell, W. J. [1636], South Africa K000366961
    Burchell, W. J. [2667-2], South Africa K000366962
    Burchell, W. J. [2863], South Africa K000366963
    Delile [s.n.], Egypt K000366971
    Mabille, P. [403], Corse K000859969
    Willkomm, H.M. [937], Spain K000859965
    [illegible] [s.n.] K000859964
    Debeaux, O. [2658], Corse K000859968
    Debeaux, O. [1173], Corse K000859970
    Debeaux, O. [2659], Corse K000859971
    Cope, T.A. [RBG 520], United Kingdom K000914556
    Timbal-Lagrave, P.M.É. [1884], France K000859967
    Gross, L. [878], Germany K000859975
    Endress, P.A.C. [s.n.], France K000859972
    Endress, P.A.C. [s.n.], France K000859973
    Endress, P.A.C. [s.n.], France K000859974
    Tommasini, M.G.S.de [2124], Italy K000859990
    s.coll. [s.n.], France K000859966
    Walker Arnott, G.W. [422], Spain K000859963
    Custer, J.A. [s.n.], Switzerland K000859991

    First published in Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 2: 324 (1841)

    Accepted by

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