Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2834

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

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

Common (rare in Mountains, rare in GA Piedmont)

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

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full sun ...Variable ...Dry

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 longispinus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cenchrus longispinus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-69-005:
Cenchrus longispinus   FAMILY Poaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern Sandspur, Common Sandspur


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picture of Cenchrus longispinus, image of Cenchrus longispinus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ceca6_001_lvd

        

picture of Cenchrus longispinus, image of Cenchrus longispinus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_cepa12_001_lhd

        

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Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_cenchrus_longispinu2b

July    Richmond County    NC

Involucre of spines fused into a bur; spines slender, 3.5-7mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Cenchrus longispinus, image of Cenchrus longispinus

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_cenchrus_longispinus2

July    Richmond County    NC

Raceme usually 3-8cm long, burs somewhat crowded, pubescent (often densely), per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.