Species Detail

Phragmites australis Trin.
Common reed

Scientific Name:  
Phragmites australis Trin.
Common Name:  
Common reed
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring
Conifer Swamp some deciduous domts., Deciduous Swamp no coniferous domts.
Growth Forms:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Phragmites australis Trin.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Throwbridge, C.C 1938 Use - Material  Shopekenauminkee is a game played with a hundred pieces of small reed or cane about a foot in length. The players take turns taking the bunch of reeds between their hands and letting them drop end-wise upon the bark board where they play; trying to drop them so that five pieces; corresponding to the head and limbs; fall together.
Thwaites, R.G. (editor) 1903 Use - Material  the hollow portion of the is tobacco pipes; calumets; are made from the common reed
Baldwin, D 1997, August Use - Material  flutes made with reeds. Lora Siders remembers her uncle Clarence Godfroy making reed flutes for the kids in his family. She wanted to take flute lessons but the Delaware man that gave lessons; following his Delaware culture; didnt believe in giving flute lessons to girls/women. So she never learned. She remarked that the Miami women were always active in the tribe; including musically; as well as spiritually and politically. "We didnt have to fight for womens freedom; cause weve always had it."
Botanical Sources  
Phragmites australis Trin.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Occurs in swamps and shores; mostly reproducing vegetatively; in eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Phragmites australis Trin.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Coulter, S 1899   Only two species are listed with the name reed in Coulters flora of Indiana; Smalls flora of southeastern U.S.; the first; Calamovilfa longifolia; which is confined to beaches and sandy stretchs of the souther Lake Michigan; and the other; Phragmites communis; much more widespread and common.