Taxon: Coix lacryma-jobi L.

 
Genus: Coix
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Panicoideae
      Tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 11129
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:972. 1753
Name Verified on: 13-Oct-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Oct-2000
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 94 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Zander ed14)
  • Human food: beverage base (seeds used to make tea in Japan, Vietnam fide Dict Econ Pl)
  • Materials: beads (fide Bot Beads World; as http://www.botanicalbeads.com/BBB_page_37.html,)
  • Materials: lipids (fide Dict Econ Pl; Ency CNatIn, additive used in cosmetics)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Ency CNatIn; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd. in tropics & subtropics

    Cultivated:

    . cult. in paleotropics

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