• Mexican Annual Teosinte

Mexican Annual Teosinte


Zea mays parvaglumis. An annual teosinte species that grows wild from Nayarit to Oaxaca. This is the subspecies of teosinte that was first domesticated in the Balsas River Valley 9,000 years ago. As domesticated corn spread throughout the Mesoamerica, it received some genetic material from other teosinte subspecies such as Zea mays mexicana in Northwest Mexico.

This wild ancestor to domesticated corn shares many of the same traits as modern corn. However, the ears are small (2-3") with only 1 row of triangular shaped seeds. Plants will produce silks and tassels, but will be bushier with many branches. Each seed is enclosed by a very hard fruitcase that protects it in the wild. Soak seeds overnight to aid in germination. Native to Mexico, wild Zea species are shortening-day plants meaning that flowering is triggered as the days shorten. Not from our Seed Bank Collection, but your purchase supports our conservation mission.

  • Approx. 3g/50 seeds per packet.
  • Not suitable for northern climates due to day-length sensitivity.
  • Limit 3 packets.
  • $5.95

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Luis Al Sanchez

I was very pleased with reviewing the seeds. I hope to do much work with them , the seeds are different from other seeds of teosinte - a little longer. Thank you Luis.

Olof Ulenius
Fulfilled their purpose!

I bought these seeds because I took a class on public speaking, and I had written a speech called The Origin of Maize. I love Maize so I thought it would be fun to talk about! I used the teosinte seeds as a visual aid to show my classmates what Maize originally looked like. My teacher gave me a near perfect score!


prehistoric plant from the Balas Valley of the Mexican Yucatan which 4000 years ago morphed into today’s corn online from Tucson to the World Native Seed Search is truly a treasure. Plants look great and very healthy…..

Yovanik Calderon
Teocintle seed

High quality seeds. And thank you so much for including planting season calendar