Northern Tepehuan Teosinte
Zea mays mexicana This variety was found in Nabogame, southern Chihuahua, in the norther territory of the Tepehuan. In the wild the plants begin to flower in September. Native farmers say growing this near cultivated corn makes their crops "stronger". Native wild stands are prolific producers of seed. Plants tend to tiller (produce side shoots) more in the northern United States. Green stems are chewed for the sweet juices. Plants will not flower until fall, making it difficult to harvest mature seeds unless you have a late frost or frost-free environment. Approx. 1.5g/25 seeds per packet.
Annual teosinte species, including Zea mays mexicana, are the wild progenitors of modern corn (Zea mays). Native to Mexico, wild Zea species are shortening-day plants meaning that flowering is triggered as the days shorten. Plants produce tassels and small spikelets of seeds.These spikes mature to form a two-ranked 'ear' of five to ten seeds. Each seed is enclosed by a very hard fruitcase that protects it in the wild. Soak seeds overnight to aid in germination.
This variety of teosinte is currently out of stock but a variety of Zea mays parvaglumis is in stock.