Scleria oligantha

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Scleria oligantha
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Photo by Guy Anglin, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Cyperales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Scleria
Species: S. oligantha
Binomial name
Scleria oligantha
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Natural range of Scleria oligantha from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Littlehead nutrush, Few-flowered nutrush

Taxonomic notes


A description of Scleria oligantha is provided in The Flora of North America.




Scleria oligantha can be found in limestone glades, mesic deciduous woodlands, beech-oak-hickory-magnolia woodlands, cabbage palm hammocks, calcareous woods, floodplains, mixed pine-hardwood forests, hydric hammocks, oak-sweetgum ridges, pine flatwoods, seepage areas, shallow soils on rock outcrops, dry limestone outcrops, mesic woods, loblolly pinewoods, and river bluffs.[1] It can also be found in powerline corridors, cleared beech woods, and roadsides. Soil types include sandy loam, loam, loamy soil, loamy sand, and sandy clay loam.[1]

Associated species include Juniperus, Cornus, Cercis, Aristida, Smilax pumila, Carex, Schoenus nigricans, Acer saccharum, Gaura filipes, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Liquidambar, Rubus argutus, Festuca, Lespedeza cuneata, Senecio, Cirsium, Plantago, Verbena brasiliensis, Verbesina, Specularia, Bromus, Pteridium aquilinum, Wahlenbergia marginata, Heliotropium amplexicaule, and Mollugo verticillata.[1]


This species has been observed to flower from April though June.[1][2]

Fire ecology

Populations of Scleria oligantha have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[3]

Herbivory and toxicology

S. oligantha was one of the plant species observed in deer and cattle diets in Louisiana (Thrill et al 1983).

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

Photo Gallery

References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, Bill & Pam Anderson, John B. Nelson, H. Kurz, Richard S. Mitchell, Robert K. Godfrey, C. Jackson, Ann F. Johnson, Cecil R Slaughter, D. L. Martin, S. T. Cooper, Patricia Elliott, A. E. Radford, Sidney McDaniel, John W. Thieret, D. S. Correll, Helen B. Correll, E. C. Ogden, H. K. Svenson, Samuel B. Jones, Raymond Athey, R. Kral, Harry E. Ahles, C. R. Bell, J. E. O'Connell, J.F. Brenckle, Phil Moore, Steve Summer, Billy Bailey. States and Counties: Alabama: Geneva. Arkansas: Lee. Florida: Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Nassau, Wakulla. Georgia: Decatur, Dougherty, Grady. Kentucky: Lyon. Louisiana: Acadia, Ouachita, Vermilion. Mississippi: Newton, Oktibbeha, Yazoo. North Carolina: Jackson, Orange, Pamlico, Warren. South Carolina: Newberry. Texas: Bowie, Jefferson, Kaufman, Lamar, Red River. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 19 MAY 2021
  3. Glitzenstein, J. S., D. R. Streng, R. E. Masters, K. M. Robertson and S. M. Hermann 2012. Fire-frequency effects on vegetation in north Florida pinelands: Another look at the long-term Stoddard Fire Research Plots at Tall Timbers Research Station. Forest Ecology and Management 264: 197-209.