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The wild or Canadian rice, Zizania aquatica

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posted on 2023-11-22, 08:02 authored by Francis (Jnr) Abbott
With reference to this plant, a liberal supply of the seeds of which was received from the Chamber of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America, about a month ago, I would offer the following notes with a view of pointing out the desirability of endeavouring to acclimatise the plant in Tasmania.
The plant is one that would be of great value if introduced in sufficient quantity to become acclimatised in our Lake districts, which are peculiarly suited to its requirements. It not only supplies a great amount of sustenance to water fowl of all kinds, but is a valuable food plant, and affords excellent fodder for cattle.
It has also of late years come into repute as an excellent paper making material.


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Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania



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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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