Chara curta Nolte ex Kützing 1857
Chara curta Nolte ex Kützing Cortex with spine cells. Collected by Nick Stewart, Edenderry Canal, Ireland
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Chara curta Nolte ex Kützing 1857: 22, pl. 53: fig. I
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).
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Chara aspera var. nodulifera A.Braun ex Leonhardi
Subgenus Chara Section Grovesia
Seemingly originally first introduced without a description, but validated by analytical figures (ICN Art. 38.7 "For the purpose of Art. 38.5, prior to 1 January 1908, an illustration with analysis (see Art. 38.9 and 38.10) is acceptable in place of a written description or diagnosis."). - (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 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.
Source of current name
Arbeitsgruppe Armleuchteralgen Deutschland (Becker, R., Blindow, I., Doege, A., Franke, T., Gregor, T., Hamann, U., Jäger, D., Jorda, C., Kabus, T., Korsch, H., Korte, E., Kusber, W.-H., Pätzold, Raabe, U., Schubert, H., Teppke, M., van der Weyer K., Wolff, P.) (2015 '2016'). Beschreibung der Characeen-Arten Deutschlands. In: Armleuchteralgen. Die Characeen Deutschlands. (Arbeitsgruppe Characeen Deutschlands Lehrstuhl für Ökologie der Universität Rostock Eds), pp. 209-572. Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
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.
Langangen, A. (2007). Charophytes of the Nordic countries. pp. -102, many figs and maps. Oslo: Saeculum ANS.
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