Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.
Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)
Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott
Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)
kochia, summer cypress
Primary Disseminule Type
fruit with attached perianth bracts
Description (diagnostics are in brown)
Disseminule a fruit with attached perianth bracts (calyx). Fruit calyx 5-lobed, ca. 2–3 mm wide, segments ovate, glabrous to ciliate or sparsely hairy, usually with knob-like tubercles or sometimes short horizontal wings in fruit (tubercles or wings <1 mm long or wide), membranous, obscurely veined.
Fruit a utricle, ± obovate in outline, compressed, pericarp membranous.
Seed horizontal within fruit, ± obovate in outline, compressed, (1)1.5–2.2 mm long x 0.8–1.5 mm wide x 0.5–1 mm thick. Surface semiglossy, wrinkled, brown to black, with a groove that traces the central position of the perisperm.
Hilum at base, nondescript.
Embryo annular, surrounding copious perisperm.
Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)
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