G.646. Zea L.

Description of the genus

Robust annual (in ours). Spikelets unisexual, the male and female spikelets in separate inflorescences. Male inflorescence terminal, composed of digitate or paniculate racemes; internodes bearing paired spikelets, one on a slender, free pedicel; glumes chartaceous; both spikelets male. Female inflorescence a single, axillary raceme, wrapped in a number of sheaths; internodes (in ours) much condensed and bearing paired sessile spikelets at each node. Spikelets: lower floret barren; upper female; lower glume crustaceous, smooth; style long, 1, silky, pendulous from inflorescence tip.

Worldwide: 4 species in C America

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Zea:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Zea
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Zea
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Zea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Zea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Zea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Zea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Zea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Zea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Zea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=262, retrieved 31 August 2014

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