Reed (plant)

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Reeds growing in saltmarsh in the estuary of the River Tay.
A German thatcher using reed

Reed is common name for several tall, grass-like plants of wetlands. They are all members of the order Poales (in the modern, expanded circumscription), and include:

In the Poaceae (grass) family
In the Cyperaceae (sedge) family
In the Sparganiaceae family
In the Typhaceae family
In the Restionaceae family

Use in thatching[edit]

Main article: Thatching

Phragmites australis, the common reed, is used in many areas for thatching roofs. In the United Kingdom, common reed used for this purpose is known as "Norfolk reed" or "water reed". However, "wheat reed" and "Devon reed" are not in fact reed at all, but long-stemmed wheat straw.

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