- a short, thickened plant cell of the sclerenchyma, typically containing branched pits.
Also called stone cell.
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- A thick-walled lignified plant cell, often branched in shape. Sclereids form many hard structures such as seed coats and nut shells. They are a type of sclerenchyma cell but are usually shorter than fibers.
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