Texas wild-rice

A clinging plant, Texas wild-rice (Zizania texana) is uniquely suited to life in the fast-flowing headwaters of the San Marcos River. Its long thin leaves offer little resistance to the turbulent flows, moving and streaming right along with the vortex of water. The worldwide population of this aquatic grass exists within a three-mile reach downstream of the San Marcos Springs, with large colonies found just below Burleson’s Dam. Believed to be a remnant species from the last ice age, Texas wild-rice endures in these cool, clear, CO2-enriched waters.

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