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Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad.

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)


▲▼ young plants


▲▼ young, maturing plants

▲▼ striped stems

▲▼ initiating of flowering

▲▼ initiation of flowering

▲▼ mature, flowering plants

▲▼ mature, flowering plants

mature plants, post-flowering


o        summer annual with narrow to slightly rounded leaves that are green to gray-green in color

o        has upright oval to pyramidal to rounded growth habit—a much-branched plant

o        stems have red striping

o        palatable to livestock when young, but may accumulate toxic levels of nitrates as it matures

o        common in cultivated fields, along roadsides, disturbed sites in areas west of Missouri (and north)

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