Phragmites australis (Common Reed)

Pulang ---> Phragmites australis

Phragmites australis is a C3 grass that has become one of the most conspicuous and damaging invasives in a large swathe of the USA. It can grow up to 4.6 meters tall, and it is a lover of wet areas, occurring in such places as tidal and non-tidal wetlands, brackish and fresh-water marshes, river edges, shores of lakes and ponds, roadsides and ditches.

Like many other invasive grasses, it outcompetes native (and other invasive) vegetation and forms dense monotypic stands. It has also recently been investigated as one of the factors that promote wildfires, along with other invasive grasses such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) medusahead grass (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), and others (Fusco et al, 2019).

Articles about Phragmites australis

Various articles I have written about Phragmites australis in the blog Sejarah Poaceae. The site features stories of my adventures among the grasses. It's also a place where I focus on studies of the Poaceae in general, as well as an outlet for some of the photography I do.

How to identify Phragmites australis (Common Reed)

Some ways to identify the species. Unlike many other plants, grasses have minute flowers, and their vegetative structures all tend to be...well, grass-like. There are however ways of trying to identify a particular species that might be useful for everyone.

Selected Research Summaries of Phragmites australis

Some abstracts and summaries of research papers that I believe are important towards understanding this species.

Selected videos of Phragmites australis

Selected videos that focus on the ecology and impacts of Cogon grass in invaded areas

News about Phragmites australis

Interesting news articles about the species in the mainstream press.

Literature Cited

Emily J. Fusco, John T. Finn, Jennifer K. Balch, R. Chelsea Nagy, Bethany A. Bradley. Invasive grasses increase fire occurrence and frequency across US ecoregions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019; 201908253 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1908253116

Penulis: A. Sunjian