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Coix lacryma-jobi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Genus: Coix
Type species
Coix lacryma-jobi

Coix is a genus of Asian and Australian plants in the grass family.[3][4]

The best-known species is Coix lacryma-jobi, widely called Job's Tears. It is cultivated in many warm regions as a source of food, medicine, and ornamentation.[5][6]

  1. Coix aquatica Roxb. - China (Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi), Indian Subcontinent, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia; naturalized in New Guinea
  2. Coix gasteenii B.K.Simon - northern Queensland
  3. Coix lacryma-jobi L. - China , Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia; naturalized in other parts of Asia as well as in southern Europe, Africa, the Americas, and various oceanic islands
formerly included[2]

see Chionachne Polytoca Tripsacum


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Green, Prop. Brit. Bot.: 187 (1929)
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 2: 972 in Latin
  4. ^ Tropicos, Coix L.
  5. ^ Hill,A.F. 1952. Economic Botany, McGraw-Hill
  6. ^ Arora, R. K., 1977, "Job's tears (Coix lacryma-jobi) - a minor food and fodder crop of northeastern India." Economic Botany, Volume 31, issue 3, pages 358–366.
  7. ^ The Plant List search for Coix

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