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The teosintes are a group of large grasses of the genus Zea found in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Teosinte
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Two teosintes
Scientific classification
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Zea

species

Z. diploperennis
Z. luxurians
Z. mays ssp. huehuetenangensis
Z. mays ssp. mays (maize)
Z. mays ssp. mexicana
Z. mays ssp. parviglumis
Z. nicaraguensis
Z. perennis

There are five recognized species of teosinte: Zea diploperennis, Zea perennis, Zea luxurians, Zea nicaraguensis and Zea mays.