Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial/Annual

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

Common

Look for it on dunes, in sandy fields, sandy woodlands in the outer Coastal Plain, 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 tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-69-002:
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur


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picture of Cenchrus tribuloides, image of Cenchrus tribuloides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cetr_001_lvd

        

picture of Cenchrus tribuloides, image of Cenchrus tribuloides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_cetr_002_lvd

        

picture of Cenchrus tribuloides, image of Cenchrus tribuloides

JK Marlow    jkm090716_048

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Leaf sheaths inflated, the blades usually folded, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

picture of Cenchrus tribuloides, image of Cenchrus tribuloides

JK Marlow    jkm0309q_27

September    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Involucre of spines fused into a bur; spines 4-8mm long, spikelets concealed, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Cenchrus tribuloides, image of Cenchrus tribuloides

JK Marlow    jkm0309s_19

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

The small flowers are enclosed within a shiny bur, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.