4. Kochia stellaris Moq., Chenopod. Monogr. 93. 1840; R.R.Stewart, l.c. 225; Hedge, l.c. 107.
Kochia odontoptera Schrenk in Bull. Acad. Sc. Petersb. 1: 361. 1843; Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 924. 1879; Hook.f., l.c. 11; Burtt in Kew Bull. 3: 43-45. 1948.
Annual or biennial, canescent, stem short, erect, diffusely branched at base, with erect or spreading branches. Leaves small, linear, acutish, flat, 4-7 mm long, shorter above, bearing glomerules of flowers. Flowers 2-3 in glomerules, axillary in lax short spikes in panicles; perianth globose, tomentose, wings in fruit narrower, cuneate, rhombic-flabellate crenate-lobed or inciso-dentate, scarious, strongly nerved, c. equalling the diameter of the disc.
Fl. Per.: May-August.
Type: Persia, C.P.Bélanger 436 (G-microfiche!).
Distribution: Turkestan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
This is a rather greenish looking plant with narrowly rhomboid wings on the fruiting perianth.