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Common Kochia - Kochia scoparia
Other Names:  Mexican Kochia, Mexican Fireweed, Burningbush, Mexican Summer-cypress, Mexican Firebrush, Bassia scoparia

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Taprooted annual. Stems erect, branched, long-hairy, 15–100 cm. Leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, long-ciliate, 5–60 mm long, becoming red with age. Inflorescence brown-hairy, diffuse. Flowers 2 to 6 in axils of leaf-like bracts; calyx segments ca. 1 mm long. Fruit horizontally winged to some degree (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Unknown/Undetermined
 


Range Comments
In MT in all counties apart from Carter County; native to Eurasia and introduced throughout the world (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 88

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Habitat
Disturbed soil of roadsides, cultivated fields, tolerant of saline soil; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Management

References
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