Taxon  Report   2440    
Crypsis vaginiflora  (Forssk.) Opiz
African prickle grass,  African pricklegrass
Crypsis vaginiflora
© 2010 Zoya Akulova
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Crypsis vaginiflora
© 2010 Zoya Akulova
Crypsis vaginiflora
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Crypsis vaginiflora, 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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Crypsis vaginiflora
© 2010 Zoya Akulova
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Crypsis
Communities: (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Crypsis aculeata
ICPN + PLANTS: Crypsis niliaca
PLANTS: Sporobolus niliaca
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More information about  Crypsis vaginiflora
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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).