One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reedlike grass which grows in damp woods and marshes in temperate regions.
Genus Calamagrostis, family Gramineae
- ‘The banks of the canal have large stands of common reed and common clubrush together with purple small-reed and narrow small-reed.’
- ‘Narrow small-reed is a grass species that has never been recorded in the island of Ireland apart from on the shores of Lough Neagh and Lough Beg.’
- ‘Wood small-reed is often considered to be a weed species in standard woodlands management, and is often removed from plantation areas as it can out-compete the young trees.’
- ‘In the Molinia community, purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea was common, along with short-growing wood small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos.’
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