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Common Reed

Observed: 13th January 2013 By: chrisbrooks
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Common Reed
Common Reed
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Species with which Common Reed (Phragmites australis) interacts

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Surefire way to tell...

...if you can get to the reeds: the leaves are only loosely attached, and they swivel around the stem.

I am guessing that this allows the leaves to be aligned by the changing wind, rather than flopped over and damaged?

It's a useful trick for getting youngsters interested in botany - it's the only plant I know whose leaves can be (gently) swivelled around the stem.

Rachy Ramone

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Swivelling leaves

I didn't know that, I'll try it out, thanks.