Invasive SpeciesEuropean common reed

Phragmites australis
FOUND by The Ninjas
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by The Ninjas
Peer reviewed by The Purple Unicorns
Field Notes
We found our species! There were a lot of bees near our study sight. It was hard to walk through all of the phragmites. Only some of the phragmites were alive.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I think the plant I found is the phragmites australis because each plant is a single stock, and they are all very close together.
Photo of my evidence.
I think that phragmites australis is at my study sight because the plant I found has a large fluffy plume on the top that usually is about four inches long.
Photo of my evidence.
I think that Phragmites australis is at my study sight because the plant I found has a tall bamboo stalk that splits into long, thin, curly leaves as it gets taller.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Phragmites australis
Common name:
European common reed
Count of individuals: 
Between 1/4 and 1/2
Flower (plants)
Pollinators (plants)
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.144117 °
W -70.661942 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
York Middle School
Trip date: 
Wed, 2011-10-19 10:45
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
York River
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
8 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 


Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you that I REALLY appreciated the quality of your observations.

In particular, I loved your sketches of the Phragmites stem. There's nothing that makes you look closely at a plant as much as drawing it, and you managed to capture the way the leaves branch off the stem very clearly. That's actually fairly distinctive of Phragmites, when compared to the other large grasses you might find in a wetland, so the sketch really helped me feel confident in your ID.

I also appreciated the close up photograph of the inflorescence. That's another distinctive feature of this plant. Again, the photo makes me really confident that you identified this right.

Nice job!