Mak Chari or Teosinte

Zea is a genus of flowering plants in the grass family. The best-known species is Z. mays (variously called maize, corn, or Indian corn), one of the most important crops for human societies throughout much of the world. Several wild species are commonly known as teosintes and are native to


Local name: Hindi: Makiya,

(Euchlaena mexicana)

Mak Chari Teosinte is a close relative of cultivated Maize.

Mak Chari or Teosinte

It is a kharif crop and requires hot and temperate climate. It has high tolerance to flooding and excessive soil moisture. It is highly valued as silage, hay and for soiling. It requires rich and well drained soils for good growth. The plants tiller profusely and give rise to a number of shoots forming thick clumps. The fodder is ready between 90-100 days. The yield of fodder is about 350 to 500 quintals       per hectare. When fed as a sole feed in the form of green, it can meet the maintenance requirements of animals. It also makes good silage and hay. Important varieties include Sirsa, Rah, Maizente-1, Maizente- 2, etc.