Economic Botany

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 49–65 | Cite as

Chinese water chestnut or matai—A Paddy Crop of China

  • W. H. Hodge


This edible corm of a sedge has long been valued throughout the Orient as a vegetable delicacy and as a source of medicine and starch. Imposition of an embargo in 1950 on commercial shipments from Communist China has promoted interest and experimentation in cultivating it in the climatically milder regions of the New World.


Economic Botany Chinese Water Paddy Water Water Chestnut Paddy Crop 
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© The New York Botanical Garden 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. H. Hodge
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  1. 1.Plant Introduction Section, Horticultural Crops Research Branch Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgricultureBeltsville

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