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Forage Kochia (Bassia prostrata)

Forage Kochia (Bassia prostrata)

Description: Small to medium polymorphic evergreen subshrub. Part of the Amaranthaceae family, introduced to the United States as rangeland forage for fire control.

Life Cycle: Perennial

Habitat: Rangelands. Prefers hot, dry conditions.

Flower: Clustered flowers with round, flat, or wing-like appendages

Fruit: Fruit is an utricle with oval or round seeds

Leaves: Linear to thread like

Root: Taproot

The problem is… prolific seed producer and many seedlings germinate