Sclerenchyma tissues offer mechanical support due to the lignin properties. The Sclerenchyma is further divided into fibres and sclereids. The difference between fibres and sclereids are:
Fibres: Fibres are elongated, unbranched and have tapering end walls. The fibres originate from meristematic cells.
Sclereids: Sclereids are broad with blunt end walls. Sclereids may be branched or unbranched. The Sclereids are formed due to the thickening of parenchyma cells.