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Last updated 11/4/2021 by David Giblin.
Cenchrus longispinus (Hack.) Fernald[FNA25, HC, HC2]
longspine sandbur, mat sandbur

Publication: Rhodora 45(538): 388. 1943.

Origin: Introduced

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: General uncertainty regarding whether native or introduced. However, earliest collections in our area date to 1920\'s, and the early floras (e.g., Piper and Beattie) do not include it. For a species with fruits that readily stick to human and beast, it is hard to envision that the early (i.e., 1800s) botanical explorers did not encounter this species.

Differing in several bristle characters from Cenchrus spinifex; see FNA.

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Cenchrus carolinianus Walter