• WordNet 3.6
    • n Kochia summer cypress
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kochia A genus of chenopodiaceous plants of the tribe Chenoleæ, characterized by a turbinate perianth, the lobes broadly winged in the fertile flowers. About 30 species are known, inhabiting central Europe, temperate Asia, northern and southern Africa, and Australia, besides a single species in India and another in western North America. They are herbs, often woody at the base, with alternate entire leaves and inconspicuous flowers, some of which are hermaphrodite, others entirely female, the fertile expanding into horizontal wings in the fruit. Two Australian species, K'. aphylla and K. sedifolia, are evergreen shrubs 2 to 3 feet high, and are cultivated under the name of broom-cypress. Other Australian species, K. eriantha, K. pubescens, and K. villosa, are valuable fodderplants in the arid regions of that continent. The last-named is called the cotton-bush on account of its downy adventitious excrescences, and is highly valued. The American species, K. prostrata, partakes of this quality, and affords excellent winter grazing in the west when no grass can be obtained; in common with another related plant, Eurotia lanata, it there receives the name of white sage.
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In literature:

On the slate rocks of Buttencote Kochia recurs, Heliotropium luteum, Nerioides, and Lycioides of Shikarpore are found.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
In Raipur the Chamars have become retail cattle-dealers and are known as Kochias.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Kochia, more commonly known as "Burning Bush" or "Mexican Fire-Plant," is a charming thing all through the season.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford

In news:

Growers on the Plains are accustomed to managing other resistant weed species, such as ALS- resistant kochia and Russian thistle.
In addition to the weeds already found in Nebraska to be resistant to glyphosate — marestail, giant ragweed, kochia — a new type of weed resistance has developed in the state.