Zea mays

Scientific name: Zea mays L.
Botanical family: POACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)

Dominican Republic:

  • maíz


  • mayi

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Annual, monoecious, leafy succulent grass, 1-5 m high.  Leaves alternate at the nodes, 30-150 x 5-15 cm, glabrous or pubescent, linear-lanceolate, acuminate; male inflorescence, a large terminal panicle up to 40 cm long, female inflorescences in axillary sheath cobs, ca. 30 cm in length; fruit a grain or caryopsis white, yellow, reddish or purple.








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