Bassia All. in Mélanges Philos. Math. Soc. Roy. Turin 3: 177. 1766 sec. Kadereit & Freitag (2011)
  • =Echinopsilon Moq. in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 2, 2: 127. 1834, nom. illeg., syn. sec. Kühn (1993)
  • =Kirilowia Bunge in Del. Sem. Hort. Dorpat. 1843: 7. 1843 syn. sec. Kühn (1993)



Bassia belongs to Camphorosmoideae-Camphorosmeae and in the circumscription adopted here consists of c. 20 C4 annuals or perennials. The genus is distributed from the western Mediterranean to East Asia (Kadereit & Freitag 2011), with the main centre of diversity in Central Asia. It represents an interesting example of C4 leaf type diversity (Freitag & Kadereit 2014) and multiple reduction of water storage tissue (Akhani & Khoshravesh 2013; Kadereit & al. 2014).