Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3541

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont) (rare in NC)

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain brownish
Grain

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cenchrus incertus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cenchrus spinifex   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-69-004:
Cenchrus incertus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Cenchrus incertus

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Sandspur


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picture of Cenchrus incertus, image of Cenchrus incertus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_cein4_001_lhd

        

picture of Cenchrus incertus, image of Cenchrus incertus

Gill Newberry    gn09_c_spinifex_inf

September        

Raceme 4-10cm long, the burs not crowded, body finely and densely pubescent, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

picture of Cenchrus incertus, image of Cenchrus incertus

Gill Newberry    gn09_cenchrus_closeup

September        

Involucre of spines fused into a bur; spines stout, 2-5mm long, per Weakley's Flora.