Taxon  Report   1841    
Cenchrus incertus  M. A. Curtis
Coast sandbur
Cenchrus incertus
© 2006 Matt Below
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Cenchrus incertus
© 2005 Luigi Rignanese
Cenchrus incertus
© 2006 Matt Below
Cenchrus incertus, a monocot, is an annual grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Cenchrus incertus
© 2005 Luigi Rignanese
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

PLANTS accepted name:
Cenchrus spinifex

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Cenchrus pauciflorus
ICPN: Cenchrus spinifex
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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: Oct 18, 2018).

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