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A Freak Ear of Corn

This curious seed cluster was developed in the course of the hybridizing experiments with teosinte and corn. Doubtless it tells the story-did we only know how to read it-of some ancestral strain in which the seeds grow in a rounded cluster, little suggestive of the long ear that characterizes the modern product. But the kernels of this freak ear have after all a good deal of the corn quality.

A Freak Ear of Corn

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 8 Chapter 1