OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 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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image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

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

        

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

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

        

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

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.

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

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 (2015).

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

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.

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

JK Marlow    jkm181110_5752

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Spines can puncture exposed skin, backward-pointing barbs painful to remove, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Cenchrus tribuloides, Dune Sandbur, Dune Sandspur

JK Marlow    jkm181110_5783

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Burs turn reddish with age and may remain on dead stems throughout winter, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-69-002:
Cenchrus tribuloides   FAMILY Poaceae

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

 

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297

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial/Annual

Native to the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: dunes, sandy fields, sandy woodlands in the outer Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Spikelets subtended by an involucre of spines and/or bristles fused into a bur

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain brownish
Grain

 

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