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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
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 13-Oct-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 13-Oct-2000
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 16 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • adlay   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • adlay millet   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • Job's-tears   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • yi mi   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese   [Coix lacryma-jobi var. ma-yuen]
  • yi yi   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • larmes de Job   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Hiobsträne   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • hato-mugi   (Source: Grass Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji   [Coix lacryma-jobi var. ma-yuen]
  • juzudama   (Source: F JapanOhwi ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • julmu   (Source: Kulturpflanze 34:91. [as C. lacryma-jobi var. frumentacea]) – Transcribed Korean   [Coix lacryma-jobi var. ma-yuen]
  • lágrimas de Job   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • lágrimas de San Pedro   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • Jobs tårar   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

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

  • widely naturalized in tropics & subtropics

  • cultivated in paleotropics




  • Coix ma-yuen Rom. Caill. [≡ Coix lacryma-jobi var. ma-yuen]
  • Coix stenocarpa (Oliv.) Balansa [≡ Coix lacryma-jobi var. stenocarpa]

Check other web resources for Coix lacryma-jobi L.:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 October 2015)

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