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Corn

Zea mays

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Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Habitats:
Farmland.

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.
Other Names:
Indian Corn, Maize.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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