Taxon: Cenchrus tribuloides L.

Genus: Cenchrus
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Paniceae
Subtribe: Cenchrinae
Nomen number: 9810
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1050. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 06-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • dune sandbur  (Source: Names Beetle) - English
  • long-spine sandbur  (Source: Weed CIBA) - English
  • sand-dune sandbur  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • carrapicho-das-dunas  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carrapicho-das-roças  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • guizazo de playa  (Source: Cavanillesia Alt) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States New York, Pennsylvania
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Bahamas ; Bermuda ; Cayman Islands ; Cuba ; Haiti ; Jamaica ; Puerto Rico

  • Naturalized


  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Beetle, A. A. Recommended plant names. Univ. Wyoming Agr. Exp. Sta. Res. J. 31. 1970 (Names Beetle)
  • Britton, N. L. & A. Brown An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British possessions, ed. 3. (IllF N US Can)
  • Catasús Guerra, L. J. 2002. Las gramíneas (Poaceae) de Cuba, II Cavanillesia Altera 3:1-163.
  • CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland Documenta CIBA-GEIGY (Grass weeds 1. 1980, 2. 1981; Monocot weeds 3. 1982; Dicot weeds 1. 1988) (Weed CIBA)
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll Flora of the Bahama archipelago. (F Bahamas)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hitchcock, A. S. Manual of the grasses of the United States, ed. 2. (Grass US)
  • Hitchcock, A. S. Manual of the grasses of the West Indies. (Grass WInd)
  • Liogier, H. A. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands. (F PuertoR)
  • Renvoize, S. A. Hatschbach's Parana grasses. 1988 (Grass Parana)
  • Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:150.

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