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Indicator Plant

A plant used to refer to the environmental conditions of a certain place. An example of an indicator plant would be Menomen or wild rice (Zizania spp.). Menomen is one of the most well-known indicator plants for the Neshnabek.

Menomen is arguably the most significant cultural plant and it requires very clean, clear water that flows gently and does not fluctuate when the plants are young because of its delicate root system during this phase of development. If these environmental parameters are not met, the menomen beds will not continue in that location.

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