Bulletin Volume 17; No. 20

Bulletin Volume 17; No. 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...racemes; the pistillate 1.flowered, sessile and solitary at each joint of an obliquely articulate rhachis of a simple spike; the spikes fasciculate in the leaf axils and each more or less enveloped by a foliaceous bract. Glumes of the staminate spikelets 4, acute, the first two membranaceous, empty; flowering glumessmaller and like their paleas, hyaline. Stamens 3. Glumes of the pistillate spikelets 4, the outer one broad and boatshaped, smooth, soon becoming very hard, surrounding the inner glumes and narrow rhachis, 2d glume empty coriaceous, 3d glume hyaline with a palea but no flower; 4th or flowering glume and its palea hyaline. Styles very long, filiform, shortly blfid at the apex. Tall annuals with long and broad leaves, closely resembling Indian corn in habit. Species 1 with several varieties in Mexico and Central America. V ' F1G. 2. Zea may! Linn. INDIAN CORN.--a, A pistillate spikelet; b, a pair of staminate spikelets; c, the compound pistillate spike or "ear;" d, pistil. 2. ZEA, Linn. Sp. Pl. 971. 1753. Spikelets unisexual, monoecious; the staminate 2.flowered in pairs, one sessile the other pediccllate, along the numerous branches of a terminal panicle; the plstillate 1.flowered, sessile, crowded in several rows, along a much thickened continuous axis arising from the lower leaf.axils and closely enveloped by numerous large foliaceous bracts. Glumes 4, awnless; those of the staminate spikelet acute; those of the pistillate very broad and obtuse or emarginate. Grain hard, only partially inclosed by the fruiting glumes. A well.known tall and striking annual grass with erect stems and broad leaves. The terminal staminate inflorescence forms the "spindle," and the long projecting styles of the pistillate...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236832779
  • 9781236832771