Corn (Maize)

  • Myron G. Neuffer
  • Edward H. CoeJr.


Corn, Zea mays L., is a robust, monoecious summer annual of the grass family (Gramineae) with broad alternate leaves, an erect stalk terminated by a staminate inflorescence (tassel) composed of a main spike and several branches, and one to several pistillate inflorescences. The pistillate inflorescences are composed of 8–16 or more rows of kernel-bearing spikelets attached to a woody rachis (cob), and the whole (ear) is enclosed in several large foliaceous bracts (husks) and arises in the axils of the leaves at the mid-section of the plant. Long styles (silks) protrude from the tip of the ear through the husks as long silky threads.


Anthranilic Acid Maize Endosperm Staminate Inflorescence Anthocyanin Formation Pistillate Inflorescence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myron G. Neuffer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Edward H. CoeJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.United States Department of AgricultureUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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