Summer-Cypress

Bassia scoparia

Summary 6

Bassia scoparia (syn. Kochia scoparia) is a large annual herb in the family Amaranthaceae native to Eurasia. It has been introduced to many parts of North America, where it is found in grassland, prairie, and desert shrub ecosystems. Its common names include burningbush, ragweed, summer cypress, mock-cypress, kochia, belvedere, Mexican firebrush, and Mexican fireweed.

Summer Cypress or Kochia 7

The plant that we chose to research about is called the Summer Cypress. Some ways to say Summer Cypress are ¨kochia scoparia¨ or ¨cipres de verano¨.
Summer cypress classification is,
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Cupressus
Species: Bassia scoparia
Summer cypress scientific name is Bassia Scoparia..
We can determine that pinopsida means they are gymnosperms, which are cone-bearing seed plants. By the order (pinales), we can determine that the distinguishing characteristic is the reproductive structure known as a cone. Summer Cypress has been introduced to many parts of North America where it is found in grasslands, Prairie, and desert shrubs ecosystems. It looks like a cactus but with no pricks. It is bushy and can be pink, green, purple, or blue.
Summer Cypress is edible and can be a treatment for skin disorders, eczema, painful urination, and impotence.
Summer Cypress loves to grow in grasslands with lots of exposure to sunlight, and regular amounts of water. Wild turkeys, squirrels, wood ducks, waterfowl, and wading birds love to eat the summer cypress plant.
Some interesting facts about the summer cypress is that the animals love to eat the seeds, and that summer cypress are generally restricted to wet soil.

Resources 7

Southernliving.com
Thelovelyplants.com
Gobotany.newenglandwild.org

By Bella, age 13
Luz, age 13

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Patrick Alexander, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/aspidoscelis/2772579314/
  2. (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/5129371229/
  3. (c) José María Escolano, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/valdelobos/4888187777/
  4. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/9380851402/
  5. (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/8161733508/
  6. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassia_scoparia
  7. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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