Wild Rice

Photo courtesy of Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Scientific Name Zizania aquatica L.
Common Name Wild Rice
Family Poaceae (Grass)
Class Monocot
Description True annual, overwinters as seed, tall emergent (10 ft.) with long tapering leaves, panicle is large loose head, prolific seed producer
US Distribution Northern North America; other species throughout US
Worldwide Distribution Circumboreal
Ecology Shallow emergent areas, requires water for seed germination
Economic Importance Important crop for First nation; commercially produced; tropical rice (Oryza sativa) is possibly the most important crop worldwide, and is grown originally as an aquatic
Ecological Importance Highly significant food source for waterfowl
Notes Native Texas wild rice (Z. texana) is on endangered species list
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