From Plant Press, Vol. 20, No. 4, October 2017.
Like Carex [see Plant Press 20(4): 1; 2017], Scleria is a sedge with unisexual flowers. It can be found up to 2000 meters elevation in the Andes Mountains in South America. Laurence Dorr, Basil Stergios, and Ramon Caracas collected the type specimen of Scleria tropicalis at 1800 meters in Guaramacal National Park in Venezuela in 2005. Mark Strong described the species in 2007 in a paper published in Harvard Papers in Botany (11: 199-201). Illustrating Scleria tropicalis presented an issue for Alice Tangerini who wanted to fit the habit on a page at life size. The 2-meter plant had been folded at several joints to fit on a herbarium sheet so portions had to be cut from the drawing for clarity of presentation. By drawing the inflorescence separately, it could be scanned, placed in the layout with the habit, and floral and leaf details in Adobe Photoshop, without obscuring important structures.