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
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Other sources of information about Zea:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Zea pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): ZeaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ZeaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ZeaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ZeaKew Herbarium catalogue
: ZeaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Zea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=262, retrieved 20 June 2013