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Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott

General Information
Symbol: BASC5
Group: Dicot
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   I
L48   I
Other Common Names: kochia
Mexican fireweed
mock cypress
Bassia scoparia
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Kochia scoparia
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 16. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
BASI4 Bassia sieversiana (Pall.) W.A. Weber
KOAL3 Kochia alata Bates
KOSC Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.
KOSCC Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. culta Farw.
KOSCP Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. pubescens Fenzl
KOSCS Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. subvillosa Moq.
KOSCT Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. trichophila (Stapf) L.H. Bailey, database artifact
KOSCT2 Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. var. trichophylla (Stapf) L.H. Bailey
KOSI3 Kochia sieversiana (Pall.) C.A. Mey.
KOTR2 Kochia trichophila Stapf, database artifact
KOTR4 Kochia trichophylla Stapf


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Chenopodiaceae – Goosefoot family
Genus Bassia All. – smotherweed
Species Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott – burningbush

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
Kochia scoparia
common kochia
Potentially invasive, banned
Kochia scoparia
"B" designated weed
Kochia scoparia
Class B noxious weed
kochia, summer-cyprus, burning-bush, fireball, Mexican fireweed
Noxious weed seed and plant quarantine

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont UPL
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FAC



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Description of Values

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