Sunday, August 29, 2010
Zizania Aquatica, Wild Rice
This morning, I joined a group of esteemed Botanists- Dan Boone, Jim Decker, Brian Riley and Jim McCormac on an exciting expedition near Bellfountaine, Ohio. Along the way, we stopped to see a Zizania aquatica population discovered by my botanical sensei, Rick Gardner, a few years ago. This state threatened grass grows right in the clear water of the silt bottomed Little Darby Creek. I've looked for this plant in the Lake Erie Marshes for quite some time, but I've never found it. It was once common along the coast, but now it's mostly gone due to anthropogenic changes in the Lake Erie ecosystem. I'm glad that I got to see and photograph it today near Plain City.
I've also posted this at "Ohio Flora", a new blog all about Ohio's native and naturalized plants.