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Reeds growing in the Danube Delta.

Reed is a generic botanical term used to describe numerous tall, grass-like plants of wet places, which are the namesake vegetation of reed beds. They are all members of the order Poales (in the modern, expanded cicrumscription), and include:

In the Poaceae (grass) family
In the Cyperaceae (sedge) family
  • Paper reed or papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), the source of the Ancient Egyptian writing material, also used for making boats
In the Sparganiaceae family
In the Typhaceae family
  • Reed-mace (Typha species), also called bulrush or cattail
In the Restionaceae family
  • Cape Thatching Reed (Chrondopetalum tectorum), a restio originating from the South-western Cape, South Africa.
  • Thatching Reed (Thamnochortus insignis)another restio species originating from the same geographic region.
For thatching, in which the term "reed" is used differently
  • Norfolk reed or water reed, common reed
  • Wheat reed or Devon reed, certain kinds of wheat straw

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