Thursday, August 13, 2015

zea morphology

some zea mays in the top photo is beginning to flower ( second photo ) is the teosinte ( we have been through this, i's still in the third photo )..the fourth photo is of an emerging teosinte flower and it does bear some small resemblance to the corn flower in the second photo..but that smallness vanishes as the teosinte flower deploys ( fifth photo ) nothing spiky about lays over and dangles while te corn flower will remain upright...relatives ( actually ancestor and domesticate )but the artificial selection of domestication has radically altered the morphology...if corn ears survive the squirrels there will be comparisons..if not you will endure many teosinte ear forewarned.

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