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Taxon: Zea diploperennis H. H. Iltis et al.

Genus: Zea
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Tripsacinae
Nomen number: 103579
Place of publication: Science 203:186. 1979
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 03-Mar-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Mar-2018
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 14 (13 active, 2 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • diploperennial teosinte  (Source: Amer J Bot) - English
  • chapule  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • maíz chapule  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • milpilla  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Jalisco (Sierra de Manantlan), Nayarit (probably a different species)]


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  2. Benz, B. F. et al. 1990. Ecology and ethnobotany of Zea diploperennis: preliminary investigations (Maydica) 35:85-98.
  3. Buckler IV, E. S. & T. P. Holtsford 1996. Zea systematics: ribosomal ITS evidence Molec. Biol. Evol. 13:612-622.
  4. Doebley, J. F. & H. H. Iltis 1980. Taxonomy of Zea (Gramineae). I. A subgeneric classification with key to taxa Amer. J. Bot. 67:982-993.
  5. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  6. González, G. A. & L. Poggio 2015. Genomic affinities revealed by GISH suggests intergenomic restructuring between parental genomes of the paleopolyploid genus Zea (Genome) 58:1-7.
  7. Iltis, H. H. & J. F. Doebley 1980. Taxonomy of Zea (Gramineae). II. Subspecific categories in the Zea mays complex and a generic synopsis Amer. J. Bot. 67:994-1004.
  8. Lamb, J. C. & J. A. Birchler 2006. Retroelement genome painting: cytological visualization on retroelement expansions in the genera Zea and Tripsacum (Genetics) 173:1007-1021.
  9. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  10. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  11. Sánchez González, J. J. et al. 2011. Three new teosintes (Zea spp., Poaceae) from México Amer. J. Bot. 98:1537-1548.
  12. Tiffin, P. & B. S. Gaut 2001. Sequence diversity in the tetraploid Zea perennis and the closely related diploid Z. diploperennis: Insights from four nuclear loci (Genetics) 158:401-412.
  13. Warburton, M. L. et al. 2011. Gene flow among different teosinte taxa and into the domesticated maize gene pool Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 58:1243-1261.
  14. Wei, W.-H. et al. 2003. Genomic in situ hybridization analysis for identification of introgressed segments in alloplasmic lines from Zea mays × Zea diploperennis Hereditas (Beijing) 138:21-26.
  15. Westerbergh, A. & J. F. Doebley 2004. Quantitative trait loci controlling phenotypes related to the perennial versus annual habit in wild relatives of maize Theor. Appl. Genet. 109:1544-1553.
  16. Wilkes, G. 2004. Corn, strange and marvelous: but is a definitive origin known? (Corn) 3-63.
  17. Wursirika, R. et al. 2011. Chapter 11. Zea (Wild Crop Rel Cer) 457-488.
  18. Yallou, C. G. et al. 2009. Combining ability of maize inbred lines containing genes from Zea diploperennis for resistance to Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth. Pl. Breed. (New York) 128:143-148.
  19. Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 635.

Check other web resources for Zea diploperennis H. H. Iltis et al. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=103579. Accessed 14 November 2018.