Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. subsp. scoparia image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Chenopodiaceae
Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. subsp. scoparia
burning bush, common kockia, Mexican fireweed, summer-cypress
Kochia: named for Wilhelm Daniel Josef Koch (1771-1849), a German doctor and professor of botany
scoparia: Latin for "broom-like" from Latin scopa for "broom"
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect, annual, 6"-40" tall forb, bushy-branched and softly hairy
Flower: cream to yellow, 5-parted, tiny, stalkless, no petals, either solitary or in pairs; inflorescence dense spikes from leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:star-shaped, in the leaf axils
Leaf:softly hairy above, stalkless, mostly linear with a blunt tip
Habitat: disturbed sites

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