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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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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.
± 15 species: w 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.
1. Annual; lower cauline leaves narrowed to base or short-petioled, generally 3–5-veined below middle ..... K. scoparia subsp. scoparia
1' Perennial or subshrub; leaves sessile, vein 1 or obscure
2. Sts many from base, generally simple, glabrous to finely white-tomentose; leaves generally overlapping ..... K. americana
2' Sts 1–few from base, generally branched throughout, gray- to brown-puberulent; leaves not overlapping ..... K. californica
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