West Highland Flora

Reed


Phragmites communis

 

Phragmites communis

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2001 Broadford, Skye

Frequent in lochs and wet areas of ground.

Very tall, can be over 3 m.  Spikelets c 10-16 mm

ID: Ligule consists of a fringe of hairs.  Spikelets contain long silky hairs and 1-5 lemmas extending beyond the hairs as fine points whose ends are approximately level.

Other features: Our tallest grass, forming large stands in lochs and sometimes in wet ground with no standing water.  Panicles purple.  Leaves fall off in autumn but stems and panicles remain through winter.

 

Phragmites communis

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

  Phragmites communis

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Oct 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Phragmites communis

Photo Carl Farmer
4 May 2002 Suardal, Skye
 

A reed-bed in Spring; stems of previous year.


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