Polysiphonia Greville, 1823, nom. et typ. cons.

Holotype species: Polysiphonia urceolata (Lightfoot ex Dillwyn) Greville

Currently accepted name for the type species: Polysiphonia stricta (Mertens ex Dillwyn) Greville

Original publication and holotype designation: Greville, R.K. (1823). Scottish cryptogamic flora, or coloured figures and descriptions of cryptogamic plants, belonging chiefly to the order Fungi; and intended to serve as a continuation of English Botany. Vol. 2 (fasc. 13-18), pls 61-90. Edinburgh & London: MacLachlan & Stewart; Baldwin, Craddock & Joy.

Description: Thallus tufted, erect or prostrate, with variously branched terete axes. Structure uniaxial with 4–many pericentral cells. Caduceous trichoblasts and branch primordia arising exogenously at the apices, generally 1 per segment in a spiral pattern (but not always present, and when present not always on all segments). Shed trichoblasts leaving a scar cell. Secondary cortication present in some species. Cystocarps lateral on polysiphonous branches, ovoid or spherical, ostiolate. Spermatangia in heads, on fertile trichoblasts or replacing them. Tetrasporangia tetrahedral, spherical, borne in linear series in polysiphonous branches.

Information contributed by: Huisman (2018). The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2018-10-10 by M.D. Guiry.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Gender: This genus name is currently treated as feminine.

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Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

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