Phragmites australis

Common name: 

Common Reed

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Snowfields (ACDEGHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXZ) all States

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Found in the Darby River flats east of the main road1
fringing watercourses, swamps and poorly drained land and can tolerate some salinity2

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract2


Semi-aquatic perennial grass with a fleshy rhizome2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This sedge grows in thick, hedge-like stands along watercourses2

Image of Phragmites australis
Image of Phragmites australis
Image of Phragmites australis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria