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Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, several, freely branching, strongly to finely woolly giving a silvery or rusty appearance, usually reddish-tinged, especially in the fall, 0.3-1.5 m tall.
Stem leaves alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, 3-5 nerved, softly hairy to rusty-bristled beneath, upper surface usually glabrous but fringed on the margins; bracts 3-10 mm long.
Inflorescence of 3-6 flowers in axillary spikes along the stem; calyces rusty and long soft-hairy to woolly long-hairy, prominently flanged in fruit.
Papery, thin, membranous envelopes; seeds horizontal.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry waste places in the steppe zone; rare in SW and NE BC, frequent in SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Kochia scoparia

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 390 548 710
Slope Gradient (%) 0 4 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
168 202 238
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(7), PP(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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