The Common Reed (Phragmites australis) is a tall and bamboo-like plant that forms dense stands known as reed beds. The plant grows best in hot summers with fertile growing conditions, where erect stems reach up to six metres tall. Flowers are produced in late summer. Later, the numerous long, narrow, sharp-pointed spikelets become greyer as they become covered with long, silky hairs. This plant is readily visible throughout most areas of the wetlands where it provides cover and habitat for many animals, and stabilises the bank of the Yea River. Known as Dhurruk by the Taungurung people, the stems were used as spear shafts, the leaves for bags and baskets and the soft white underground shoots tasted similar to bamboo shoots.
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