Skip to main content
Select Source:

Zea

Zea (family Gramineae) A genus of stout grasses that have separate male and female inflorescences. Z. mays (corn, maize), an annual, is now believed to have arisen by prolonged selection from wild forms; it has male flowers in terminal plumes (tassels) and female flowers on lower leaf axils, forming in the fruit a cob with large, starchy grains on a stout axis. It is the most important cereal in the world, after rice and wheat. There are 4 species, native to Central America. See also GENETIC EROSION.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Zea." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 15 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Zea." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 15, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/zea

"Zea." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Retrieved December 15, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/zea

Zea

Zea, Greece: see Kéa.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Zea." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 15 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Zea." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 15, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/zea

"Zea." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved December 15, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/zea