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Taxon: Zea luxurians (Durieu & Asch.) R. M. Bird

Genus: Zea
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Tripsacinae
Nomen number: 103580
Place of publication: Taxon 27:363. 1978
Link to protologue:
Comment: cited Reana luxurians Durieu, a nom. nud., as basionym
Name Verified on: 15-Jul-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 24 (20 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • Florida teosinte  (Source: Amer J Bot) - English
  • Guatemalan teosinte  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • southern Guatemalan teosinte  (Source: Amer J Bot) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: forage;

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Oaxaca (San Agustin)]

    Southern America
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Guatemala (s.e.), Honduras


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  2. Davidse, G. et al., eds. 1994. Flora mesoamericana.
  3. 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.
  4. Estep, M. C. et al. 2013. The dynamics of LTR retrotransposon accumulation across 25 million years of panicoid grass evolution. Heredity 110:194-204. Note: this study evaluated number of sequences within samples, and it calculated "the highly repetitive elements" among three diploid Zea species including Z. luxurians
  5. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America.
  6. González, G. A. & L. Poggio. 2011. Karyotype of Zea luxurians and Z. mays subsp. mays using FISH/DAPI, and analysis of meiotic behavior of hybrids. Genome 54:26-32.
  7. Hochholdinger, F. & R. Tuberosa. 2009. Genetic and genomic dissection of maize root development and architecture. Curr. Opin. Pl. Biol. 12:172-177.
  8. 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.
  9. Iltis, H. H. 1972. The taxonomy of Zea mays (Gramineae). Phytologia 23:248-249.
  10. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  11. Ross-Ibarra, J. et al. 2009. Historical divergence and gene flow in the genus Zea. Genetics 181:1399-1413.
  12. Sánchez González, J. J. et al. 2011. Three new teosintes (Zea spp., Poaceae) from México. Amer. J. Bot. 98:1537-1548.
  13. Sánchez-González, J. de J. et al. 2018. Ecogeography of teosinte. PLoS One 13(2): e0192676.
  14. Talbert, L. E. et al. 1990. Tripsacum andersonii is a natural hybrid involving Zea and Tripsacum: molecular evidence. Amer. J. Bot. 77:722-726.
  15. Wang, P. et al. 2011. RAPD and internal transcribed spacer sequence analyses reveal Zea nicaraguensis as a section Luxuriantes species close to Zea luxurians. PLoS One 6(4):e16728. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016728
  16. Wilkes, G. 2004. Corn, strange and marvelous: but is a definitive origin known?. Corn: origin, history, technology, and production 3-64.
  17. Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:636.

Check other web resources for Zea luxurians (Durieu & Asch.) R. M. Bird :

  • 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
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=103580. Accessed 23 July 2019.