Zizania aquatica L.  
Family: Poaceae
annual wild rice, Indian rice, southern wild rice
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Zizania: from adaptation of zizanion for an ancient name of some wild grains
Plants: erect/floating annual, 7'-10' tall, aquatic, emergent grass
Leaves: first leaves float; later emerge, wide, flat
Flowers: each female spikelet has 1 flower with 3-ribbed, dull rough lemma; inflorescence spikelets, female at top
Habitat: wet; in water to 40" deep, rivers, lakes; in silty, mucky soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Andrew Hipp  
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Merel R. Black  
Zizania aquatica image
Merel R. Black  
Zizania aquatica image
Merel R. Black  
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