Cenchrus spinifex
Cenchrus spinifex burrs.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Genus: Cenchrus
C. spinifex
Binomial name
Cenchrus spinifex

Cenchrus incertus M.A.Curtis
Cenchrus pauciflorus Benth.[1]

Cenchrus spinifex, known commonly as the common sandbur or coastal sandbur, is a perennial grass that grows from 5 to 30 inches (13 to 76 cm) high in sandy or gravelly terrain. It is native to the southern United States southward into Mexico and the Caribbean. It has been introduced elsewhere in the United States[2] and in the Philippines and South Africa. It is a noxious weed in Europe.[3]

The grass produces a bur, a type of grain fruit, consisting of eight to forty sharp, barbed spines that lodge in clothes, exposed feet, and fur.[4]


  1. ^ "Cenchrus spinifex". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  2. ^ "Cenchrus spinifex". Go Botany. New England Wildflower Society.
  3. ^ DAISIE (2009). Handbook of Alien Species in Europe. Dordrecht: Springer. p. 399. ISBN 978-1-4020-8279-5.
  4. ^ Cenchrus spinifex. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 2008.

External links

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