Job's tears - ROM2004_1035_7


Job's tears

Geography: Africa
Date: Aquired by the Museum in 1993 AD
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomPlantae
    • PhylumMagnoliophyta
    • ClassMagnoliopsida
    • OrderPoales
    • FamilyPoaceae
    • GenusCoix
    • SpecificEpithetlacryma-jobi
Object number: ROMBOT_IM_7557
Not on view
DescriptionThis picture shows the dangling spikelets of flowers from Job’s tears, Coix lacryma-jobi. This grass originated in Southeast Asia and is now cultivated widely for ornamental uses and for food. Job’s tears grow to more than 1 metre in height and bear spikelets of male and female flowers from the angles (axils) of the flat, ribbon-like leaves. The lowest flower in each spikelet is female and fertile, with an ovoid bract about 1 cm long that hardens with age. It is this pale, hollow bract that is frequently harvested for use as beads in necklaces or rosaries. The uppermost spikelet bears male flowers whose yellow stamens dangle between the bracts.
vascular plants
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