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kochiaKochia - Kochia scoparia
Family: Chenopodiaceae

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Description

Kochia is a highly branched annual herb up to 2 m tall. The stems are yellowish green, green or streaked with red. The lower leaves are linear to lanceolate and petiolate. The upper leaves are sessile, linear, elliptical to oblanceolate. The stems and leaves are often densely hairy. The greenish flowers are small and inconspicuous occurring in spike-like inflorescences. The fruit, a utricle, is bladderlike 1-seeded and indehiscent. The smooth to granular brown to black obovate seeds have concave faces.

Interesting facts

Kochia is common in roadsides, pastures, fields, and waste areas. The plants are readily grazed by livestock which contributes to their spread.

The plant has been reported to cause a photosensitization syndrome in cattle.


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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers

 

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