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Taxon: Zea mays L. subsp. mexicana (Schrad.) H. H. Iltis

Genus: Zea
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Tripsacinae
Nomen number: 103582
Place of publication: Annual Rev. Genet. 4:450. 1971 (emend. Phytologia 23:249. 1972)
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 15-Jul-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Jan-2006
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 582 (129 active, 33 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • Central Plateau teosinte  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • Chalco teosinte  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • Durango teosinte  (Source: Amer J Bot) - English
  • Mexican teosinte  (Source: NRCS Cons Pl Mat) - English
  • nobogame teosinte  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • rayana grass  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • téosinte  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Teosinte  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • teosinto  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • teosinto-de-Guatemala  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • maíz silvestre  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • sommarteosint  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • NORTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Chihuahua (s.w.), Durango (s.)]
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Jalisco (e.), México, Michoacán de Ocampo (e.), Guanajuato]


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  2. 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.
  3. Englert, J. M. et al. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  4. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  5. 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.
  6. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  7. Hufford, M. B. et al. 2013. The genomic signature of crop-wild introgression in maize PLoS Genet. 9(5):e1003477.
  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. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2 (Food Feed Crops US)
  10. Matsuoka, R. et al. 2002. A single domestication for maize shown by multilocus microsatellite genotyping Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99:6080-6084.
  11. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  12. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants (Dict Rehm)
  13. Ross-Ibarra, J. et al. 2009. Historical divergence and gene flow in the genus Zea (Genetics) 181:1399-1413.
  14. Sánchez González, J. J. et al. 2011. Three new teosintes (Zea spp., Poaceae) from México Amer. J. Bot. 98:1537-1548.
  15. Vibrans, H., ed. Malezas de México (on-line resource). (Malezas Mex)
  16. Wang, L. et al. 2008. Creation of new maize germplasm using alien introgression from Zea mays ssp. mexicana (Euphytica) 164:789-801.
  17. 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.
  18. Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:637.

Check other web resources for Zea mays L. subsp. mexicana (Schrad.) H. H. Iltis :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • 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=103582. Accessed 24 May 2019.