Oryza barthii

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Oryza barthii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Oryza
O. barthii
Binomial name
Oryza barthii
Oryza barthii distribution.svg
The range of 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 Barth's rice,[2] wild rice,[3] or African wild rice,[4] 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.[5] It is the progenitor of cultivated Oryza glaberrima, African rice.[6]

Recently, the genome of O. barthii was sequenced.[7]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
  2. ^ "Oryza barthii". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Oryza barthii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ "NCBI Taxonomy".
  5. ^ Rice Knowledge Bank, Wild Rice Taxonomic information, accessed 12.18.2007. [1] Archived March 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Linares 2002, African rice (Oryza glaberrima): History and future potential PNAS 99:16360-16365.
  7. ^ 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. PMC 4246335. PMID 25368197.

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