Oryza barthii

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Oryza barthii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Oryza
Species: O. barthii
Binomial name
Oryza barthii
  • Oryza breviligulata A.Chev. & Roehr. nom. illeg.
  • Oryza glaberrima subsp. barthii (A.Chev.) De Wet
  • Oryza mezii Prodoehl
  • Oryza perennis subsp. barthii (A.Chev.) A.Chev.
  • Oryza stapfii Roshev.

Oryza barthii, also called wild rice,[2] or African wild rice,[3] is a grass in the rice genus Oryza. It is an annual, erect to semierect grass. It has leaves with a short ligule (<13 mm), and panicles that are compact to open, rarely having secondary branching. The inflorescence structure are large spikelets, 7.7-12.3 mm long and 2.3-3.5 mm wide, with strong awns (up to 20 cm long), usually red. The inflorescences have anthers 1.5–3 mm long.

This wild rice grows in sub-Saharan Africa, and is found in mopane or savanna woodland, savanna or fadama. O. barthii grows in deep water, seasonally flooded land, stagnant water, and slowly flowing water or pools; it prefers clay or black cotton soils, and is found in open habitats.[4] It is the progenitor of cultivated Oryza glaberrima, African rice.[5]

Recently, the genome of O. barthii was sequenced.[6]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". 
  2. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". 
  3. ^ "NCBI Taxonomy". 
  4. ^ Rice Knowledge Bank, Wild Rice Taxonomic information, accessed 12.18.2007. [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Linares 2002, African rice (Oryza glaberrima): History and future potential PNAS 99:16360-16365.
  6. ^ Zhang, QJ.; Zhu, T.; Xia, EH.; Shi, C.; Liu, YL.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Jiang, WK. et al. (Nov 2014). "Rapid diversification of five Oryza AA genomes associated with rice adaptation". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111 (46): E4954–E4962. doi:10.1073/pnas.1418307111. PMID 25368197. 

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