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Taxon: Bassia prostrata (L.) A. J. Scott

Genus: Bassia
Family: Chenopodiaceae subfamily: Salsoloideae tribe: Camphorosmeae. Also placed in: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 409953
Place of publication: Feddes Repert. 89:108. 1978
Name verified on: 12-Feb-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PARL).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • forage kochia   (Source: Federal Seed Act [as Kochia prostrata]) – English
  • prostrate summer-cypress   (Source: F NAmer [as Kochia prostrata]) – English
  • mu di fu   (Source: F ChinaEng [as Kochia prostrata]) – Transcribed Chinese
  • Halbstrauch-Radmelde   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: revegetator   (for land reclamation fide L. Gilbert, pers. comm. 1998)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Small Ruminant Res 91:47. 2010, as Kochia prostrata)

Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan
    China: China - Gansu [w.], Hebei, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Xizang
    Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan
    Middle Europe: Austria; Czech Republic; Hungary; Slovakia; Switzerland [s.w.]
    East Europe: Moldova; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria; Greece [n.]; Italy; Macedonia; Romania; Serbia
    Southwestern Europe: France [s.]; Spain

    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Utah

      Cultivated: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, Nevada




Check other web resources for Bassia prostrata (L.) A. J. Scott:

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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