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Key to families | Table of families and genera

Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.



G. Frederic Hrusa & Dieter H. Wilken

Annual to subshrub, generally erect, glabrous to tomentose. Leaf: alternate or lower ± opposite, ± thread-like to lanceolate, flat to cylindric, fleshy or not. Inflorescence: spikes, simple or branched; bracts leaf-like; flowers 1–7 per axil. Flower: bisexual or pistillate, sessile; calyx lobes 5, incurved, keeled; tubercled, winged or not in fruit; stamens 5; stigmas 2–3. Fruit: ± compressed-spheric. Seed: horizontal.
± 15 species: western North America, Eurasia. (Wilhelm D. Koch, German physician, botanist, 1771–1849) [Chu & Sanderson 2008 Madroño 55:251–256] Native species recently treated in Neokochia, Kochia scoparia in Bassia.

Key to Kochia

1. Annual; lower cauline leaves narrowed to base or short-petioled, generally 3–5-veined below middle ..... K. scoparia subsp. scoparia

1' Perennial herb or subshrub; leaves sessile, vein 1 or obscure

2. Stems many from base, generally simple, glabrous to finely white-tomentose; leaves generally overlapping ..... K. americana

2' Stems 1–few from base, generally branched throughout, gray- to brown-puberulent; leaves not overlapping ..... K. californica


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