Invasive SpeciesPhragmites

Phragmites australis
FOUND by maddy chadds an...
Westbrook Maine
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Aria
Peer reviewed by Chadda
Field Notes
My team is happy because we found phragmities and our group is working together. My team is also happy that we are outside and it’s sunny. We are exited to be doing this project with our friends, and to be having fun while doing it! I hear students, cars, laughing kids, blowing trees and plants (an apple tree and others), I see phragmities, clouds, my group, and I smell fresh air and the plants surrounding us. We were excited to see so many of our friends and classmates having fun doing this project. Our group is surprised by where we found the phragmities, the area looked sort of like a forest, my team was surprised that it was highly populated with phragmities and that we saw ten turkeys. Over all my group was pretty productive other than three small problems we ran into. One problem was that our some of our group goofed off, fooled around and wasn’t really paying attention to the project. They were more concerned on what else was in the woods and what the other groups were doing. Another problem we ran into was that it was pretty muddy so we sank in it. The grass stuck to our muddy shoes which wasn’t ideal. The last problem was that we couldn’t get the phragmities out of the ground for photos, they would get caught in all the other things around them and if we pulled to hard and came out we had a chance of falling over so our solution was we tried many different ones to see which ones would come out the easiest.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The stems of phragmities are hallow, while others grow straight some reach out along the ground. The stems are pale green they are about 6 meters tall, stiff and very narrow, they grow in three layers.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves of a phragmities are green, there are a lot of them.There are long smooth edges, the leaves are much shorter than the stem and are arranged alternately. The leaves are about 2 to 5 centimeters wide and about 0.5 meters long.
Photo of my evidence.
Phragmities grow about 6 meters tall with flowering clusters, if the plant has died in winter the phragmities remain standing. The feathery bunches fade gold in the fall and are purple in the summer, each cluster is about 2 to 5 centimeters. (The girl is about 5 foot 5.5 inches tall)
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Phragmites australis
Common name:
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.662754 °
W -70.346813 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Trip date: 
Mon, 2015-09-28 08:00
Town or city: 
Westbrook Maine
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
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