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Bassia scoparia

Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott

Bassia sieversiana (Pall.) W.A. Weber

Kochia alata Bates

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. culta Farw.

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. pubescens Fenzl

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. subvillosa Moq.

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. trichophila (Stapf) L.H. Bailey

Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. trichophylla (Stapf) L.H. Bailey

Kochia sieversiana (Pall.) C.A. Mey.

Kochia trichophila Stapf

Kochia trichophylla Stapf

Kochia, Burningbush, Mexican Firebrush, Mexican Fireweed, Mock Cypress, Summer-cypress

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyAmaranthaceaeAmaranth family
GenusBassiaNamed for Ferdinando Bassi (1710-1774), an Italian botanist and Prefect of the Bologna Botanical Garden
SpeciesscopariaBroom-like, alluding to the plant structure

About plant names...

Kochia is native to temperate and tropical regions of Asia, and to parts of Europe. It is naturalized and widespread in North America.

Identification: Plants are 12-72" (30-182 cm) in height. Leaves are gray-green, alternate, and narrow, about 2½" (6.3 cm) × ¼" (6.3 mm). They are attached directly to the stems. Flowers occur in fairly inconspicuous spikes of 2-6 flowers, ½-2" (1.3-5 cm) long; individual flowers are about ⅛" (5 mm) across and yellow-white in color. This weed is common along roadsides.

Online References:

Bassia scoparia on MaltaWildPlants.com

Bassia scoparia on the United States Department of Agriculture's Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

Bassia scoparia on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Bassia scoparia at Illinois Wildflowers

Bassia scoparia on Wikipedia

Bassia scoparia on Wikimedia Commons

Bassia scoparia University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

Bassia scoparia from the Jepson Manual

Bassia scoparia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Bassia scoparia (Kochia, Burningbush, Mexican Firebrush, Mexican Fireweed, Mock Cypress, Summer-cypress)

8/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm) ID is uncertain

Bassia scoparia (Kochia, Burningbush, Mexican Firebrush, Mexican Fireweed, Mock Cypress, Summer-cypress)

8/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm) ID is uncertain

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