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4 Reading 4-2 Although America has been explored by a great number of botanists, none have found maize in the conditions of a wild plant. Auguste de Saint-Hilaire 25 thought he recognized the wild type in a singular variety, of which each grain is enclosed within its sheath or bract. It is known at Buenos-Ayres under the name pinsigallo. It is Zea Mays tunicata of Saint-Hilaire, of which Bonafous gives an illustration, pl. 5, bis , under the name Zea cryptosperma. Lindley 26 also gives a description and a drawing from seeds brought, it is said, from the Rocky Mountains, but this is not con fi rmed by recent Californian fl oras. A young Guarany, born in Para- guay on its frontiers, had recognized this maize, and told Saint-Hilaire that it grew in the damp forests of his country. This is very insuf fi cient proof that it is indigenous. No traveller to my knowledge has seen this plant wild in Paraguay or Brazil. But it is an interesting fact that it has been cultivated in Europe, and that it often passes into the ordinary state of maize. Lindley observed it when it had been only two or three
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