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Corn

Zea mays

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Type:
Flower

Flower:
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Red, no petals
 
Male tassle-like flowers on the ends of branches. Female flowers with very long styles appear lower down on lateral branches. Both male and female flowers grow up to 20cm in length.
Fruit:
Yellow. Individual seeds or fruit which make up the corn cob and are known as the caryopsis. These are arranged in rows of up to 40 and are covered by the leaf husk.
Leaves:
Grass-like leaves, arranged alternately. Simple, large and linear with entire margins.
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The corn cobs are edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Indian Corn, Maize.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland.