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Is it true that Chinese wild rice is banned in the US?[edit]

I live in the US and have had it many times, can confirm it's the real deal. Maradox466 (talk) 01:49, 28 May 2016 (UTC)


Shouldn't it be explained what "Gronov." means? Badagnani 03:15, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Well, the explanation is at Author citation (botany) which is linked to from Scientific classification which is linked at the top of that part of the infobox. The author citation page also explains what the "ex" means. As far as I know we're not doing anything different from the normal WP:TOL practice. Kingdon 19:30, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

The scientists are trying to map out the genome of wild rice, this will destroy the ojibwe culture. 23:40, 31 January 2007 (UTC)Anony

  • Ok, why would it destroy Ojibwe culture? Also, can anyone confirm the veracity of the passage regarding "knockers"? It looks suspicious to me.

I can confirm that those who rice (in some parts of Minnesota) call the sticks that you use to harvest wild rice "knockers." True fact. The picture shown does not represent the current practice however.Zizania madison (talk) 02:08, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

"True Rice"[edit]

In the article the term "true rice" is used to refer to more widely cultivated varieties of rice. But it doesn't say anything about wild rice somehow not being "true rice". Is wild rice misnamed and not rice at all? If wild rice is in fact a variety of rice I would suggest using another term to distinguish other cultivars other than "true rice", as it is misleading--i.e. it leaves the reader confused about whether or not wild rice is actually rice (like strawberry's aren't actually berries). Unless of course this is a standard term in agriculture and botany and not simply a poor choice of a distinguishing moniker in from an editor (if your the editor, please don't take offense, the article is otherwise well written) then the term should perhaps be used, but explained that it doesn't mean wild rice is not actually rice. (User: Brentt) (talk) 19:05, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Oryza barthii currently describes itself as a "wild rice", and Oryza nivara describes itself as a "rice" that's "wild", but neither are under the genus Zizania. Should the article really be titled "wild rice" if it's Zizania-specific? --Underpants 23:32, 13 March 2009 (UTC)


Is there a way to get rid of that giant blank space on the page? Cadwaladr (talk) 21:48, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Never mind. I figured it out. Cadwaladr (talk) 23:20, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Better than "Start Class"[edit]

This seems like a well-written, rather compendious article to me, above average in my opinion. I certainly learned a lot from it. Is there a way to suggest that an article such as this one be re-rated? Dratman (talk) 23:46, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

As far as I know, you can be bold and update it yourself (just edit the talk page and change the relevant bit). If you'd rather not, you can ask a a Project's talk page, e.g. Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Plants. For plants, I'll upgrade it to C class. That's a bit conservative, but I think it's somewhere between C and B. Thomas Kluyver (talk) 13:47, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Texas river picture?[edit]

Can anyone provide a better caption for the picture of the river in Texas? I assume there's some wild rice in that picture, but I don't know what it is and can't identify it. If there isn't any in the picture it should probably be deleted Toasterb (talk) 18:37, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Agreed. The picture seems completely unrelated to the article, and therefore I am deleting it. TFriesen (talk) 23:28, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Varieties of Rice[edit]

At present, this article has a box at the bottom listing 'varieties of rice', a template which includes a link to this article. Since wild rice in the sense of the article is a distinct species (indeed, several species) from the main plant we call rice, I think it would be appropriate to remove the box from this article, and remove 'wild rice' from the box. Are there any objections? Thomas Kluyver (talk) 13:39, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Since I've not heard any complaints, I'll be bold and go for it. Thomas Kluyver (talk) 12:20, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


Could we elaborate a little on knocker size? Are there mandates, say, to prevent too much rice from being lost after stems are whacked? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Abhillman (talkcontribs) 23:17, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

  • Though knockers vary in size, the article clearly states that in Minnesota, knockers must be at most 1 inch in diameter, 30 inches long, and one pound in weight. Leech Lake area tend to use longer knockers (25~30 inches long) while the Mille Lacs area use shorter knockers (12~20 inches long, ideally the same size as the knocker user's cubit). There are no mandates to prevent too much zizinia from being lost as this practice fosters re-seeding of the manoomin beds. However, there is a mandate on when the grains may be harvested as entering an area with too much green-grain (not-quite ripe grain), though it would cook and eat the same, it will not germinate, and over time harvesting of green-grain would kill of the zizinia bed. There are also other factors (such as water chemistry and water levels) that would affect the viability of zizinia. CJLippert (talk) 15:11, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Wild rice/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

There is a talk page for Wild_rice here. . . . Dratman (talk) 23:52, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

Last edited at 23:53, 2 January 2009 (UTC). Substituted at 10:33, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

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