Taxon  Report   1842    
Cenchrus longispinus  (Hack.) Fernald
Mat sandbur
Cenchrus longispinus
© 2018 James Bailey
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cenchrus longispinus
© 2013 Trent M. Draper
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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Cenchrus longispinus
© 2017 Ron Vanderhoff
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Cenchrus
Wetlands: Occurs in non wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cenchrus carolinianus
More information about  Cenchrus longispinus
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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


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).