Fimbristylis cymosa R. Br.
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).