African Plant Database

Scleria P.J. Bergius
Protologue : Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Handl. 26: 142, pl. 4-5 (1765)
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Acriulus Ridl. (1883)
=Hypoporum Nees (1834)
=Ophryoscleria Nees (1842)
=Schizolepis Schrad. ex Nees (1842)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : “The basically paniculate inflorescence of Scleria … is extremely polymorphic due to differences in the degree of development of its different parts. Therefore, the external morphology of the inflorescence … is an important diagnostic character … The main problems in the interpretation of the inflorescence structure result from studies that did not consider the entire inflorescence” (Ahumada & Vegetti 2009: 115).
Ecology : Commonly known as nut rushes or razor grasses. Genus of some 250 species with half of them native to the Americas, extending from the United States to Argentina. Scleria is one of the major genera, or the fifth largest genus.
  The genus Scleria is pantropical, locally extending to warm temperate regions.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 207 (1995).

Bibliography other :
  • BAUTERS K., P. ASSELMAN, D.A. SIMPSON & AL. (2016). Phylogenetics, ancestral state reconstruction, and a new infrageneric classification of Scleria (Cyperaceae) based on three DNA markers. Taxon 65(3): 444-466 
  • LEBRUN J.P. & A. STORK (2020). Cyperaceae Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 11: 330
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