Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Asian Rice - Oryza sativa   L.Only member of Oryza in NC.
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Distribution9 specimens are at SERNEC, but not a single one is definitely from outside of cultivation. We have mapped all of them that gave a county name; the rest did not ("oriente Carolina Septentrionalis", etc.). Specimens that had images attached all had "cult.", "cultivated", "arvis", or "aratis" on labels. The earliest collection, and the one that has the most likelihood of being outside of cultivation, is at herbarium MO; unfortunately there is no image and not all label data are given: "Wilmington", 1847, M.A. Curtis s.n. (MO).

Native of Asia. Cultivated worldwide, and considered as an escape in most Southeastern states.
AbundanceIf no more information comes to light, we recommend that Oryza sativa be treated as SRF.
IdentificationThis is the familiar "Rice", arguably the world's most important food crop. It is under some cultivation still in the lower NC Coastal Plain, but much less so than in former decades and centuries.
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