South-Asian Wild Rice
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South-Asian Wild Rice
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: South-Asian Wild Rice • Malayalam: Anoorinellu, Eatanellu
Botanical name: Oryza meyeriana    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Padia meyeriana, Oryza filiformis, Oryza granulata, Oryza triandra

South-Asian Wild Rice is a perennial grass with stems 40-90 cm high, loosely clustered or solitary, erect. Leaves are 10-25 x 1-2 cm, lanceshaped, hairless; sheath with long hairs at mouth; ligule 1-3 mm long, membranous. Flower-panicles are 5-10 cm long, scarcely branched; branches angled, smooth. Spikelets are few, 5-6 x 2.5 mm; glumes similar, reduced to very minute scales; lemma 5 x 3.5 mm, broadly ovate, granulate crustaceous; palea 5 x 2 mm, oblong, 3-nerved, margins hyaline; anthers 2.5 mm long. South-Asian Wild Rice is native to East Himalaya, China South-Central to SE Asia.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.

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