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Flora of Cornwall (1999)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Flora of Cornwall (1999), which was a Tetrad Atlas (the maps had 2km square dots or Tetrads). The map on this web page depicts the plant's distribution at the 1km square scale and shows the records made pre-2000 which were used in the 1999 Flora and those made since.

Phragmites australis - Common Reed

Common Reed is widespread and locally abundant in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, particularly around the coast, growing in flush sites both along the tops of cliffs and at their base. It also occurs in marshes, alongside streams and fringes lakes and ponds. Large stands are rare in Cornwall, and are located on the coast, such as at Marazion Marsh (SW53A), Gunwalloe (SW62Q) and Par (SX05W). Unusually, along the New Portreath Road, near Bridge (SW64X, 1997, C.N.French) it can be seen growing on top of a Cornish Hedge.

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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.