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Cenchrus tribuloides Linnaeus. Dune Sandspur. Phen: Aug-Oct. Hab: Dunes, sandy fields, sandy woodlands in the outer Coastal Plain. Dist: NY (Long Island) south to FL, west to TX, south into tropical America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: This is the sandspur so familiar to (and disliked by) beach-goers in much of our area.

Synonymy: = Bah, C, F, FlGr, FNA25, HC, K1, K3, K4, NY, Pa, RAB, S, S13, SFla, Tat, Va, W, WH3, Crins (1991), Ward (2010b); > Cenchrus macrocephalus (Döll) Scribn. – S13; > Cenchrus tribuloides L. – S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: UPL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: UPL

Heliophily ?: 9

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Cenchrus tribuloides, South End, Jekyll Island, Glynn County, Georgia 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Collectors SOS | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Collectors SOS | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Collectors SOS | Original Image ⭷

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