Bassia indica (Wight) A. J. Scott, Feddes Repert. 89: 108. (1978). (syn: Kochia indica Wight; Kochia griffithii Bunge ex Boiss.; Kochia scoparia subsp. indica (Wight) Aellen; Bassia joppensis Bornm. & Dinsm.);
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Amaranthaceae plant for id from Panipat
This is a large herb growing wild

Shot on 11-10-2010

This may be another Kochia species as in –

Kochia prostrata?

Please also see Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad. –

Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott ??

Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott may be possible as per GBIF, but I am not sure.

Yes, it is Bassia indica.



Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: BS28: UID-4 Amaramthaceae Herb for id from Panipat:

large amaranthaceae Herb for Id from Khukhrana Panipat
it is present everywhere along roadside in many areas of Northern Haryana.
Can this be Bassia or salsola.

earlier two forms of this plant was in single thread


Further investigation revealed that wooly form earlier posted in this week and plant posted in this mail are little bit different

Pls id

I think this is Kochia (Bassia) species, may be similar to –

Mix-up of posts?

Yellow flowering sp. looks like Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott !



please ID:  Please identify this plant

place where found – Sirsa district, Haryana
Habitat – roadside and waste areas
Habit- herb
Height – 1ft
flowers – not seen
Fruits – not seen
leaves very small

conditions- Early morning,
Temperature – 16-20C
no frost, some dew
Soil – Sandy
Companion – Aerua tomentosa

– May be a species of Tamarix ? Possibly T. appyla.

– It may be Bassia dasyphylla or Salsola

Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott  ??

I think looks different from Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott  as per GBIF

It seems to be Bassia indica, but the habit is quite strage. Could you please provide more close-up images at the fruiting stage? The leaves should be more or less fleshy, it is also a good character for the identification of this species.



Large Herb for Id from Panipat 120610-1: a large Herb for Id from Khukhrana Panipat; it is present everywhere along roadside in many areas of Northern Haryana. Flowers could not find;

May be same summer form of Chenopodium album.

Can be Chenopodium album. but I have never seen such a large shrub of this plant !!

may it be a sp of Salsola from Chenopodiaceae

This mystery finally solved yes it is Salsola baryosma (=Chenopodium baryosma, Salsola foetida); During my excursion to Refinery and Thermal area in Panipat i could get its flowers. Attaching here. Please validate

You may please check the fruiting perianth. It should be be enlarged and distinctly winged in Salsola

Attaching more cropped photos

Is it Salsola tragus?

For me Salsola is rules out. Never heard of any species with woolly growth around perianth.
To me it looks like Bassia sp., most probably Bassia dasyphylla.

Again the fruiting perianth will solve the mystery.

This herb was not having any wooly outgrowth as seen in old pics, now it
has. I am attaching some photos for clarification in the matter

Yes Bassia dasyphylla is my call

this plant has not been reported anywhere from haryana till now. salsola baryosma is however reported

This plant of yours is turning interesting. I chanced upon some photographs of Bassia dasyphylla. The plant is covered with long spreading hairs. As such it ca’t be your plant which has almost glabrous stems. The search is
on. Leyt us explore further for Chenopodium or Salsola.

Again this years pics of the same type of plant

pls see following links

Please see if you can upload any with fruiting perianth which is often crucial for identification.

Feedback from another thread:

I think this is Kochia (Bassia) species, may be similar to –

This is clearly Bassia (ex-Kochia) indica.




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