Cynosurus echinatus

Cynosurus echinatus_hedgehog dogtail grass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: hedgehog dogtail; annual dogtail; bristly dogtail grass; hedgehoggy

Cynosurus echinatus (hedgehog dogtail grass) is a grass (family Poaceae) that flowers June through August and can be found at lower elevations along trails and disturbed areas in both open and wooded areas. It is distinguished by having awns and flowers that all point in one direction on the inflorescence.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate

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