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What is Northern Wild Rice?
- 7.87-23.6 inches long
- 0.12-1.57 inches wide
- Edges smooth
- 9.45-23.6 inches long
- 7.87-15.75 inches wide
- 3-6 feet long
Where Does it Grow?
Northern wild rice can be found in ponds and lakes or along the edges of streams and marshes.
Pros and Cons of Northern Wild Rice
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.