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Bassia scoparia   (Summer Cypress)

Bassia scoparia  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Nov-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Bassia scoparia - datasheet created on Nov-2007. Retrieved from on 25-Jul-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Bassia scoparia(L.) A. J. Scott
Published in Feddes Repert. 89: 108 (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 :

Cultivated species. 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 ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

August – October

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :


Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat 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.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  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)]

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Species 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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