Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


297

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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image of Cenchrus tribuloides

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

        

image of Cenchrus tribuloides

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

        

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.

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.

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.