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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.