Photographer: Robert W. Freckmann
Zizania palustris L.
northern wild rice
Zizania: from adaptation of zizanion for an ancient name of some wild grains
palustris: "of marshes"
|Plant: ||erect/floating annual, < 7' tall, aquatic, emergent grass|
|Flower: ||5-parted, each female spikelet has 1 flower with 3-ribbed, shiny firm 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|