Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Summer-cypress - Bassia scoparia   (L.) A.J. ScottOnly member of Bassia in NC.
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Author(L.) A.J. Scott
DistributionKnown from 3 collections in the Piedmont and one in the northern Mountains. Dates range from 1926-1983.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout, except FL and GA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatOnly one specimen gives habitat: common along railroad in downtown Durham, Durham Co. Likely also to be in waste places, barnyards.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationSummer-cypress is a semi-erect or spreading plant with long lanky branches and narrowly lance-shaped stem leaves. Branches are covered with tiny, linear, bractlike leaves, each of which has 1-2 flowers in the axil. Flowers are tiny and brownish, the 5 petals each winged.
Taxonomic CommentsLong known as Kochia scoparia.

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