Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott  
Family: Amaranthaceae
burning bush, common kockia, Mexican fireweed, summer-cypress
[Bassia sieversiana (Pall.) W.A.Weber, Kochia alata Bates, Kochia scoparia , Kochia scoparia subsp. densiflora (L.) Schrad., Kochia scoparia subsp. scoparia , Kochia scoparia var. culta (L.) Schrad., Kochia scoparia var. densiflora (L.) Schrad., Kochia scoparia var. pubescens (L.) Schrad., Kochia scoparia var. subvillosa (L.) Schrad., Kochia scoparia var. trichophylla (L.) Schrad., Kochia sieversiana (Pall.) C.A.Mey., Kochia trichophylla Stapf]
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Kochia: named for Wilhelm Daniel Josef Koch (1771-1849), a German doctor and professor of botany
Plants: erect, annual, 6"-40" tall forb, bushy-branched and softly hairy
Leaves: softly hairy above, stalkless, mostly linear with a blunt tip
Flowers: cream to yellow, 5-parted, tiny, stalkless, no petals, either solitary or in pairs; inflorescence dense spikes from leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: star-shaped, in the leaf axils
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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