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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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02 August, 2012

Wood Small-reed (Calamagrostis epigeious)

Some grasses can be mistaken for reeds because we associate big, fluffy flower heads with the Common Reed, Phragmytes. Phragmytes is actually a grass despite its name and so lovely big flowers like this one are actually grasses.

This particular species of grass, is then, really confusing because, although a grass, it is called a small-reed, that despite the fact it grows quite tall and is not small at all! To add to the confusion, although being the Wood Small-reed it actually prefers rough grassy pasture on heavy soils although I believe it can be found in damp woods. So Its common name is not appropriate at all which makes remembering it that much more difficult.

Despite all this, it is a lovely plant and well worth taking some time to look at and admire.
Find out more about the Wood Small-reed in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Wood%20Small-reed