Calflora
Taxon  Report   1842 
Cenchrus longispinus  (Hack.) Fernald
Mat sandbur
Cenchrus longispinus
© 2013 Trent M. Draper
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Cenchrus longispinus
© 2011 Aaron Arthur
Cenchrus longispinus
© 2011 Aaron Arthur
Cenchrus longispinus, a monocot, is an annual grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Cenchrus longispinus
© 2013 Trent M. Draper
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Cenchrus
Wetlands: Occurs in non wetlands
Distribution by County 

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Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
(according to)

PLANTS: Cenchrus carolinianus
More information about  Cenchrus longispinus
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
Photos on PlantID.net

UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CELO3)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Aug 19, 2018).

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