Unformatted text preview: inflorescence stalk. Each flower is enclosed by thin transparent bracts. The female flower consists of an ovary with a single ovule, and a long style which protrudes from the top of the cob. Maize is a cereal of considerable economic importance. It is closely related to wild grasses whose flowers differ from it by having both male and female organs. male inflorescence female inflorescence leaf base encircles stem root system Maize plant to show position of male and female inflorescences anther bracts enclosing a pair of flowers and forming a spikelet Part of male inflorescence © D.G. Mackean...
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- D.G. Mackean, female inflorescences, crowded inflorescences