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Cynosurus echinatus  L.
Annual dogtail,   Bristly dogstail grass,   Dogtail grass,   Hedgehog dogtail grass
Cynosurus echinatus is an annual grasslike herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Cynosurus
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Cynosurus echinatus from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Southern Europe native, Invasive: Cynosurus echinatus (hedgehog dogtail grass) is an annual or short-lived perennial grass (family Poaceae) that is native to southern Europe and has been introduced and established to the Americas and Australia. It flowers in summer and can be found at lower elevations along trails and disturbed areas in both open and wooded areas. This species can be distinguished by having awns and flowers that all point in one direction on the inflorescence, giving it a bristly look. Cynosurus echinatus can produce monocultures, reduce forage desirability, and increase fire hazard by leaving persistent thatch. Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/09/2023).