Zea mays L.

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Zea mays

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Vic Falls - Kazungula rd by turn off track to Chamabonda Vlei.

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Common names: Maize (English)
Description: It is monoecious, having a terminal male ‘tassel’ of digitate racemes, and highly modified female inflorescences taking the form of axillary ‘ears’.
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Worldwide distribution: Widely cultivated throughout temperate and tropical regions of the world. Occasionally briefly appears as a roadside escape.
Growth form(s):
Insects associated with this species: Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Larval foodplant)
Mocis proverai (Larval food plant)
Lophoruza semiscripta (Larval foodplant)
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Image last updated: Monday 30 January 2017

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 71.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 111.

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zea mays
African Plant Database: Zea mays
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zea mays
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zea mays
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Zea mays
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iNaturalist: Zea mays
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zea mays
JSTOR Plant Science: Zea mays
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zea mays
Plants of the World Online: Zea mays
Tropicos: Zea mays
Wikipedia: Zea mays

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Zea mays.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=109220, retrieved 20 May 2024

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