Fimbristylis cymosa R. Br.


Distribution: Pantropical

Habitat: Sandy sites, including salty beaches and dunes

Florida status: Native, common

Recognition: Tough species of open sandy places. Leaves 2-3 mm wide. Scales blunt to notched

Fimbristylis castanea also may occur on seaside beaches or dunes. The latter is likewise eligulate and likewise has blunt scales. In F. cymosa, however, the spikelets are much smaller (2-3 mm vs. 5-20 mm long), the achene is larger (1.5-2 mm vs. 1 mm long), and the inflorescence in F. castanea is usually compound (vs. usually simple in F. cymosa).