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Zizania latifolia or Z. aquatica. The edible portion is the succulent stem; stem enlargement is due to the fungus Ustilago esculenta, which prevents floral initiation; it must be harvested before the fungus enters the reproductive phase when the spores form black smut. Closely related to American wild rice; see rice, wild.

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