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Kochia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott


Kochia scoparia is an annual weed that grows to 4 ft. (1.2 m) tall.
Leaves are gray-green, alternate, entire, 0.25-2.5 in. (5-60 mm) long, up to 0.5 in. (10 mm) wide and usually covered with small hairs. The upper leaves are sometimes glabrous.
Flowering occurs in July to October. Flowers are apetaloid, sessile, inconspicuous and occur along spikes.
The fruits are utricles that contain one flattened, 0.1 in. (2 mm) wide seed.
Ecological Threat
Kochia scoparia is a native of Eurasia and occurs along roadsides, fields, and other disturbed places. In the winter, when the plants senesce, the plant breaks off at the base and tumbles in the wind, effectively spreading its seeds.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus: Kochia

Other System Links

Plants: KOSC
Bayer: KCHSC
GRIN: 21206
NPDN Host: 31195

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
kochia, mock cypress, mirabel, burningbush


Category: Forbs/Herbs