by Stephen Mifsud
   18 Oct 2019      ()
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Bassia scoparia   (Summer Cypress)

Bassia scoparia  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Bassia scoparia retrieved from on 2019-Oct-18

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Bassia scoparia(L.) A. J. Scott
Published in (L.) A.J. Scott, loc. cit. (1978)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Chenopodium scoparia L.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family)
42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Summer Cypress, Kochia

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Introduced plants cultivated for agricultural or horticultural purposes but sometimes can be occassionaly found as an escapee close to the site of their original cultivation

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Widely cultivated for its ornamental foliage

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Agricultural areas, sometimes escaping in the vicinity

Botanical Description:

Erect annual 20-150 cm. Leaves up to 50 mm, flat, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 1- or 3-veined. Fruiting perianth 3-4 mm, pubescent, with ovate, obtuse segments; wing very short or reduced to a tubercle. 2n = 18.

Distributional range:

Naturalized in C., E. & S. Europe, but perhaps native in S. and E. Russia.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Russia and former USSR,C E Introduced in Albania, Austria and Liechtenstein, Bulgaria, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Poland, Romania, Russia and former USSR, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part), Temperate Asia

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

Ab(A) Ar Ct Cy Gg dGr Hs(S) Lu dRf(C E K N NW) Rf(S) dSy Tu(A) dUk(K) [aAg nAl nAu(A) Bl aBl(N) Br nBu nBy Ca(C F T) Co nCr nCs nCt aDa aEs aFe nGa(F) nGe nGr aHb(E) nHe Ho nHs(S) nHu Ir nIt Jo nJu aLa aLi Lt nLu nMa nMk Mo aNo nPo nRf(C) Rf(E K NW) aRf(N) nRm nSi(M S) nSk nSl nSr aSu nTu(E) Uk nUk(K U)]

Images (9 images)
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-0.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-1.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-2.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-3.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-4.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-5.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-6.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-7.
   Bassia scoparia   -   Image Code: BSSSC-8.

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