Scleria triglomerata

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Scleria triglomerata
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Photo by John R. Gwaltney, Southeastern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Cyperales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Scleria
Species: S. triglomerata
Binomial name
Scleria triglomerata
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Natural range of Scleria triglomerata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Whip nutrush, Tall nutrush, Tall nutgrass

Taxonomic notes


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




It occurs in seepage slopes, interdunal pine flatwoods, edges of ponds and swamps, steepheads, live oak-cabbage palm hammocks, calcareous hammocks, swampy savannas with dwarf pond cypress, shaded floodplain woods, Sarracenia bogs, sand pine-Florida rosemary scrubs, hardwood hammocks, river banks under hardwood trees, and sandhill scrubs. Occurs in disturbed areas such as recently cleared woods and shrub bogs, fallow fields, power lines, and vehicle trails.[1] Generally occurs in moist areas. Soils range from sand, mucky sand, loamy sand, sandy loam, and loam. Found in shady to open environments.[1]

Associated species include Carex venusta, Carex lonchocarpa, Rhynchospora, R. wrightiana, Magnolia ashei, Serenoa repens, Galucous form, Persea littoralis, Osmanthus, Morinda, Rapanea guianensis, Quercus geminata, Sarracenia, Scleria georgiana, and S. pauciflora.[1]


S. triglomerata has been observed to flower from March to November and fruit April through November.[1][2]

Fire ecology

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

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Ed Keppner, Lisa Keppner, Robert K. Godfrey, Robert Kral, Mabel Kral, D. L. Fichtner, Cecil R Slaughter, K. Craddock Burks, George R. Cooley, Leonard J. Brass, William Reese, Paul Redfearn, James D. Ray, Jr., C. E. Wood, C. E. Smith, J. R. Eaton, Robert F. Thorne, Walter Judd, C. Jackson, R L Lazor, William Lindsey, Gil Nelson, R. A. Norris, Rodie White, Lisa Keppner, Marc Minno, Bob Fewster, Annie Schmidt. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Citrus, Clay, Flagler, Franklin, Gulf, Hernando, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Osceola, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington. Georgia: Grady and Thomas. 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: 13 DEC 2016
  3. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.