Taxon  Report   1840 
Cenchrus echinatus  L.
Southern sandbur
Cenchrus echinatus
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Cenchrus echinatus
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Cenchrus echinatus
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Cenchrus echinatus, 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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Cenchrus echinatus
© 2012 Zoya Akulova
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Cenchrus
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed
Wetlands: Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in non wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Cenchrus echinatus var. hillebrandianus
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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:   (Accessed: Aug 15, 2018).

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