Scleria triglomerata Michx. - Nut Sedge

Scleria triglomerata plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info yet.

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Scleria triglomerata leavesTypical plant.

Scleria triglomerata leafClose-up of leaf blade.

Scleria triglomerata leafCut leaf showing pleated habit.

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Scleria triglomerata fruitFruit.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Upland prairies, glades, savannas, acid seeps, dry rocky upland forests, disturbed rocky areas.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species is the most common species of the genus in Missouri. The plant can be found nearly throughout Missouri but seems to be absent from the extreme northwest corner of the state.
S. triglomerata can be easy to ID in the field because it has a perfectly smooth, white fruit. S. oligantha Michx. is very similar but has a slightly longer fruit and the fruit has 8-9 basal tubercles. The fruit of S. triglomerata has no tubercles at the base of its fruits.
There are six species of Scleria in Missouri. The species other than those mentioned above have white to dark fruits with rough or ridged textures.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-6-02.


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