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30. Bassia All.

Bassia All., Melanges Philos. Math. Soc. R. Turin 3: 177 (1766)Collins and Blackwell, Sida 8: 57-64 (1979);Aellen, Mitt Basl. Bot. Ges. 2: 4-16 (1954).

Londesia Fischer & C. Meyer (1836) .

Chenoleoides Botsch. (1976) .

Kochia Roth (1801) .

Annual herbs or subshrubs. Flowers bisexual or pistillate, solitary or in spicate inflorescences; perianth urceolate, with 5 inflexed lobes; fruiting perianth acCrescent with spine-like or tubercle-like appendages or membranous; scarious wings at the back; stamens 5; stigmas 2. Pericarp free from seed coat; seeds usually horizontal; embryo annular; radicle centrifugal; perisperm usually abundant, mealy. 2n = 18, 36, 54. 21 spp., Europe, Asia, Africa and N America. Kochia Roth is sometimes given separate generic rank.

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