Bassia indica, Kochia indica, Indian bassia,
Hebrew: קוכיה הודית, Arabic: قضقاض

Scientific name:  Bassia indica (Wight) A.J.Scott
Synonym name:   Kochia indica Wight
Common name:  Indian bassia
Hebrew name:  קוכיה הודית
Arabic name:  قضقاض
Family:  Chenopodiaceae, Goosefoot Family, סלקיים

Bassia indica,Kochia indica Wight, Indian bassia, קוכיה הודית , قضقاض

Life form:  Annual undershrub
Stems:  Densely branched at base, forming cushion, 50-200 cm diameter and up to 250 cm high
Leaves:  Alternate, lanceolate
Flowers:  Inflorescence spicate, mostly with 1-3 green sessile flowers in axils of leaf like bracts
Fruits / Pods:  Fruiting perianth winged with membranous wings; Seeds wide elliptic, black
Flowering Period:   September, October, November
Habitat:  Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Irano-Turanian - Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral


Derivation of the botanical name:
Bassia, named for Ferdinando Bassi (1710-1774), an Italian botanist and Prefect of the Bologna Botanical Garden (ref. genus Bassia).
indica, of or pertaining to India, Indian.
Kochia, named for Wilhelm Daniel Josef Koch (1771-1849), a German doctor and professor of botany (ref. genus Kochia).
  • The standard author abbreviation Wight is used to indicate Robert Wight (1796 – 1872), a Scottish surgeon and botanist who spent 30 years in India.
  • The standard author abbreviation A.J.Scott is used to indicate Andrew John Scott (1950 -), an American botanist.