2The acronym for the USDA Economic Research Service (3)
3Any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs (4)
4Rhubarb (5)
6Flowering plant with two cotyledons; the stem grows by deposit on its outside (5)
7Any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World (6)
8A starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics (6)
9_ _ _ _ is an east Asian grain that bears six to fifteen seed heads, similar to wheat's single seed head, on alternating sides of a single stalk. Grown throughout China as a food crop, _ _ _ _ is harvested at the end of autumn when its seeds have ripened. Quality _ _ _ _ seed is full, large, round, and white. Also known as Job's Tears. (4)
11Sow thistles (7)
14Any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots (3)
15European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter- tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy (3)


1White-flowered annual European herb bearing triangular notched pods; nearly cosmopolitan as an introduced weed (9,5)
4Climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for Malacca canes (6)
5Mould (5)
8Tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants (4)
9Lettuce with long dark-green leaves in a loosely packed

elongated head (3)
10Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits (3)
12Tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times (4)
13Genus of Eurasian spiny shrubs: gorse (4)

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