Journal article

Slashing Phragmites (Phragmites australis) prior to planting does not promote native vegetation establishment

Joe Greet, Elise King



Phragmites or Common Reed (Phragmites australis) is a tall rhizomatous cosmopolitan grass. While native to Australia, it can be invasive in wetlands, forming dense monocultures and reducing their ecological integrity. We assessed the potential for the cutting of Phragmites reeds prior to planting to promote the establishment of indigenous shrubs that might ultimately outcompete Phragmites. We established ten 5 m × 5 m quadrats in an area dominated by Phragmites, brush-cut the reeds to ground level in five of them and left five uncut as controls. Within each quadrat, we planted 20 plants (~40 cm tall) of each of five indigenous shrub species, unguarded (4 plants/m2). We surveyed the plants on..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Parks Victoria's Research Partners Panel

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage programme

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank: The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater nursery for supplying the plants; IndigWeDo for planting out the plots; and Miles Stewart-Howie, the Yellingbo Ranger, for making everything happen. We would also like to thank Sarah Fischer for field assistance and Sarah Moser for data management. This research was funded through Parks Victoria's Research Partners Panel (RPP1415 P07) and supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage programme (LP150100682), with Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Zoos Victoria and Greening Australia.