Taxon: Tripsacum latifolium Hitchc.

Genus: Tripsacum
Section: Tripsacum
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Tripsacinae
Nomen number: 40493
Place of publication: Bot. Gaz. 41:294. 1906
Link to protologue:
Comment: valid publication verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 03-Mar-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 03-Mar-2009
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Economic Importance:

  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of maize (based on the knowledge of Tripsacum genetics fide Maydica 52. 2007; Corn 24. 2004, as diploid, 2n=36 & triploid 2n=54)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Chiapas, Nayarit
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Belize ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua


  • Blakey, C. A. et al. 2007. Tripsacum genetics: from observations along a river to molecular genomics (Maydica) 52:81-99.
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  • D'Arcy, W. G. Flora of Panama: checklist and index. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. vols. 17-18. (L Panama)
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer)
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  • de Wet, J. M. J. et al. 1983. Origin of Tripsacum andersonii (Gramineae) Amer. J. Bot. 70:706-711.
  • de Wet, J. M. J. et al. 1976. Systematics of Tripsacum (Gramineae) (Phytologia) 33:203-227.
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. (F NGalicia)
  • Wilkes, G. 2004. Corn, strange and marvelous: but is a definitive origin known? (Corn) 3-63.
  • Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:626.

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