Jungle Rice

Jungle Rice Plant Information

Jungle Rice grows in the following 28 states:

Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Oregon, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington

Echinochloa colona is a type of wild grass originating from tropical Asia. It was formerly classified as a species of Panicum. It is the wild ancestor of the cultivated cereal crop Echinochloa frumentacea, sawa millet. Some taxonomists treat the two taxa as one species, in which case the domesticated forms may also be referred to as E. colona.

The grass occurs throughout tropical Asia and Africa in fields and along roadsides. It is naturalized in North America.
In India seeds of this grass are used to prepare a food dish called khichadi and are consumed during festival fasting days. In Gujarati is called "Samo" () or "Moriyo" () in Marathi it is called 'bhagar' () or "Vari cha Tandul" ( ), in Hindi it is called "Mordhan" ()or "Sava ka chawal" ( ).

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