Zea mays

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Name and publication

Zea mays L., Sp. Pl. 2: 971 (1753).


Small cobs of Indian corn or strawberry popcorn, 5-14 cm long, occasionally appear in potpourri. Slices of corncobs, 3-4 cm in diameter, are more common as a filler and reservoir (“physical fixative”) for the synthetic oils added to potpourri.

Nativity and distribution

Zea mays is only known from cultivation.


Poaceae (alt. Gramineae)