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Wild Rice
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Zizania
L.
Species
  • Zizania aquatica L.
    • Zizania aquatica var. aquatica
    • Zizania aquatica var. brevis Fassett
  • Zizania latifolia (Griseb.) Turcz. ex Stapf
  • Zizania palustris L.
    • Zizania palustris var. interior (Fassett) Dore
    • Zizania palustris var. palustris
  • Zizania texana Hitchc.

Wild rice (also called Canada rice, Indian rice, and water oats) is four species of grasses forming the genus Zizania, and the grain which can be harvested from them. The grain was historically gathered and eaten in both North America and China. While it is now something of a delicacy in North America, the grain is no longer eaten in China, where the plant's stem is used as a vegetable.

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