Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Zizania aquatica L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Andrew Hipp

Hugh H. Iltis

Merel R. Black

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

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Drawing by Agnes Chase from Norman C. Fassett's Grasses of Wisconsin
Zizania aquatica L. var. aquatica

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