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Scleria testacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Scleria
About 200 species

Scleria is a genus of flowering plants in the sedge family, Cyperaceae. They are known commonly as nutrushes.[1] They are distributed throughout the tropical world, and some have ranges extending into temperate areas.[2] There are about 200 species.[2][3]

Plants of this genus are diverse in appearance. These are mostly perennial, but sometimes annual. Some have rhizomes. They produce solitary stems or clumps of many. They are a few centimeters tall to well over one meter. They have few leaves or many. The inflorescence is variable, bearing a single spikelet to over 100.[3] Despite the variety, examination of the fruits and subterranean structures is required to distinguish species.[2]


  1. ^ Scleria. Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. ^ a b c Scleria. Flora of China.
  3. ^ a b Scleria. Flora of North America.

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