Cenchrus ciliaris [Poaceae]

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Scientific Name Cenchrus ciliaris (Pennisetum ciliare) USDA PLANTS Symbol PECI
Common Name Buffelgrass ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 40574
Family Poaceae (Grass) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Disturbed sites, roadsides, abandoned land.
Plant: Perennial bunchgrass with erect stems 10 to 40 inches tall; forming thick mats or clumps.
Leaves: Leaf blades sheathed at base, linear, up to 3/8-inch wide, mostly flat and smooth to somewhat hairy; hairy ligule.
Inflorescence: Solitary spike on each stem, each 1 to 7-3/4 inches long with many spikelets; spikelets surrounded by spreading bristles, these 3/8 to 5/8-inch long, reddish-brown to purple.
Bloom Period: Spring to fall.
References: SEINet and ”Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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