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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image of Cenchrus incertus

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

        

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.

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.