Wild Florida Photo - Cenchrus incertus - Coastal sandbur

Cenchrus incertus

Coastal sandbur
Field sandspur

Synonym(s): Cenchrus spinifex

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 08/26/01

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Almost anyone who has been to the beach in Florida will be familiar with this plant with the painful burs. I like to think this is nature's way of saying "Keep Off The Dunes!".
Many coastal plants are a critical factor in sand dune formation and preservation. Foot traffic on the dunes can uproot and destroy these beneficial species.


Cenchrus incertus is a member of the Poaceae - Grass family.

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

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