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Aboriginal Plant Use in SE Australia
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4 Common Reed

Phragmites australis

Habitat: Edges of creeks and rivers, especially near coast
Season: Summer

Tasmanian people ate the shoots of the underground stems or rhizomes.
People from the lower Murray River collected mussels on inland lakes using large, rectangular rafts made from the long stems layered and bound.
Phragmites australis raft
Young men and women wore ornaments made from stem segments, threaded onto fibre or animal fur string.
Phragmites australis necklace
Necklace made from stem segments of the Common Reed, (with Quandong seeds), (1992).

Women made baskets from the leaves and Murray River people made long, light spears from the tall stems.
Phragmites australis
Common Reed


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