teosinte

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teosinte:

see corncorn,
in botany. The name corn is given to the leading cereal crop of any major region. In England corn means wheat; in Scotland and Ireland, oats. The grain called corn in the United States is Indian corn or maize (Zea mays mays).
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, in botany.

Teosinte

 

any one plant species of the genus Euchlaena of the family Gramineae. The most common species is E. mexicana, an annual reaching 3 m tall and resembling maize. The staminate spikelets are gathered into terminal panicles; the pistillate spike-lets are in small distichous ears located in the leaf axils. The fruit is a caryopsis. E. mexicana is found in Mexico, where it grows as a weed in corn plantings. Teosintes are cultivated in southern North America and various other regions for hay, as green feed, and sometimes as cereal plants.

REFERENCE

Zhukovskii, P. M. Kul’turnye rasteniia i ikh sorodichi, 3rd ed. Leningrad, 1971.