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Old Maize varieties

Tom Trickster at wyld.net
Mon Jun 7 09:47:29 EST 1999

W.F. Tracy wrote:
>  Others such as Black Mexican and perhaps Black Pop are
> almost generic names with many genetically different strains carrying
> those names.

Black Mexican I have seen equated to Black Aztec as well --
In my growout this year of Black Aztec, I noticed about 4% of
the stalks exhibiting "hermaphrodite" characteristics --
kernels on the tassel as well as ears. Now, I am no expert,
just an interested amateur -- but as I have not noticed
this before other than an odd single kernel, I thought
it might be worth inquiring. Each tassel with kernels has
between ten and 30 kernels on it. Anyone know more about
this phenomenon -- or the proper term for it?

-Tom Schwerdt

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