Chara curta E.F.Nolte ex Kützing, nom. inval.
Chara curta E.F.Nolte ex Kützing Encrusted thallus at low magnification. Collected by Nick Stewart, Edenderry Canal, Ireland
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Chara curta E.F.Nolte ex Kützing 1857: 22, pl. 53: fig. I, nom. inval.
Published in: Kützing, F.T. (1857). Tabulae phycologicae; oder, Abbildungen der Tange. Vol. VII pp. i-ii, 1-40, 100 pls. Nordhausen: Gedruckt auf kosten des Verfassers (in commission bei W. Köhne).
Subgenus Chara Section Grovesia
Chara aspera var. dasyacantha A.Braun 1847
Chara aspera var. crassior Kützing 1849
Chara aspera f. dasyacantha W.Migula 1897
Chara aspera f. fallax W.Migula 1897
Chara aspera f. polyacantha W.Migula 1897
Chara aspera f. rigida W.Migula 1897
Chara aspera f. tenuispina W.Migula 1897
Chara aspera subsp. desmacantha H.& J.Groves 1898
Chara desmacantha (H. & J.Groves) J.Groves & G.R.Bullock-Webster 1924
No descr. (INA). - (9 Jun 2015) - Wendy Guiry
This is the original Chara curta Nolte ex Kützing included the forms of C. aspera with spine cells in pairs or bunches as described in Migula (1897) and the species Chara desmacantha H. J. Groves. This is discussed by Langangen (2005). - (25 Sep 2009) -
Chara curta ha been found in Norway, Sweden, Orkney, Ireland, England, Scotland (Moore & Green (1983), Langangen 2007). It is also reported from Spain Cirujano (ed)(2008). Migula (1897) report it from a few localities in Germany, but in Korsch et al.(2008) it is missing. - (25 Sep 2009) -
This is a freshwater species.
(as Chara curta E.F.Nolte ex Kützing)
English: Lesser Bearded Stonewort (Stewart & Church 1992).
Plants 2-40 cm long, moderately to strongly encrusted. Cortex is triplostichous, tylacanthous. Spine cells in clusters 1-6, in pair or bunches of 3-4, as long as or much longer than the axe diameter, very dense and the plants get a spiny look. Branchlets short, shorter than the internodes
Brackish-water and freshwater. Chara-lakes.
Similar to Chara aspera but spine-cells 2-5 together.
Bryant, J.A. & Stewart, N.F. (2011). Phylum Chlorophyta. Order Charales. In: The freshwater algal flora of the British Isles. An identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae. Second edition. (John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. Eds), pp. 742-765. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Groves, J. & Bullock-Webster, G.R. (1924). The British Charophyta. II. Chareae. pp. 1-129. London: The Ray Society.
Langangen, A. (2005). Charophytes collected in Cos Clare (H9) and South-east Galway (H15) in 2003. Irish Naturalists' Journal 28: 151-158.
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