Date of this Version
Journal of Heredity 11 (1920), pp 65-76.
In the "freak"
class at the Annual
Corn Show held at Lincoln, Nebraska,
in the winter of 1913-14,
there was exhibited a corn tassel
with a heavy setting of seeds. A few
seeds are not infrequently found in the
staminate inflorescence of maize, particularly
in pod com, and tillers of various
corn varieties often end in ears instead
of in tassels or have tassels, the central
spikes of which are ear like. The freak
exhibited at the com show, however,
was a large. much branched affair.
wholly tassel-like in form except for the
fact that it bore a heavy crop of seed
like. a well-filled head of broom corn
or sorghum. It retained no indication
of having had any staminate flowers. It
was apparently a wholly pistillate inflorescence,
though tassel-like in form.