Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Southern Wild Rice
Zizaniopsis miliacea
Family: Poaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1S2

Swamps and stream margins.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early April to mid July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This is a tall aquatic/wetland grass (over 1-5 m) occurring in shallow water. The panicles are large spreading and terminal on the stem. Pistillate and staminate spikelets intermixed on the same branches of the panicle. There are no glumes and there is 1 floret per spike. Unlike Zizania, this is a rhizomatous perennial not an annual.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion. Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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