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Taxon: Zea nicaraguensis H. H. Iltis & B. F. Benz

Genus: Zea
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Tripsacinae
Nomen number: 417868
Place of publication: Novon 10:382, fig. 1-2. 2000
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 20-May-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Nicaragua [Chinandega]


  1. Ellneskog-Staam, P. et al. 2007. Chromosome C-banding of the teosinte Zea nicaraguensis and comparison to other Zea species. Hereditas (Beijing) 144:96-101.
  2. Fukunaga, K. et al. 2005. Genetic diversity and population structure of teosinte. Genetics 169:2241-2254.
  3. Iltis, H. H. & B. F. Benz. 2000. Zea nicaraguensis (Poaceae), a new teosinte from Pacific coastal Nicaragua. Novon 10:382-390.
  4. Loáisiga, C. H. et al. 2011. Genetic diversity in seven populations of Nicaraguan teosinte (Zea nicaraguensis Iltis et Benz) as estimated by microsatellite variation. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 58:1021-1028.
  5. Mano, Y. & F. Omori. 2013. Flooding tolerance in interspecific introgression lines containing chromosome segments from teosinte (Zea nicaraguensis) in maize (Zea mays subsp. mays). Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 112:1125-1139.
  6. Sánchez González, J. J. et al. 2011. Three new teosintes (Zea spp., Poaceae) from México. Amer. J. Bot. 98:1537-1548.
  7. Sánchez-González, J. de J. et al. . 2018. Ecogeography of teosinte. PLoS One 13(2): e0192676.
  8. 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
  9. Wursirika, R. et al. 2011. Chapter 11. Zea. Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, cereals 457-488. Note: mentions
  10. Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:638.

Check other web resources for Zea nicaraguensis H. H. Iltis & B. F. Benz :

  • 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. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=417868. Accessed 25 May 2020.