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Nitella blowiana J.Groves

Publication details
Nitella blowiana J.Groves 1928: 133-134, pl. 6

Published in: Groves, J. (1928). On Charophyta collected by Mr. Thomas Bates Blow, F.L.S., in Madagascar. Jour. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 48(320): 125-137, pl. 4-7.

Publication date: 1927

Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Nitella is Nitella opaca (C.Agardh ex Bruzelius) C.Agardh.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Infrageneric classification
Subgenus Hyella

After the collector T.B. Blow

Homotypic Synonym(s)
Nitella dualis f. blowiana (J.Groves) R.D.Wood 1962

General environment
This is a freshwater species.

Stem c. 450 u in diam. Branchlets 6 in a whorl, three and partially four times forked. Primary rays (diam. c. 175-225u) usually more than half the length of the branchlets; secondary 5-6; tertiary 4-5; quaternary and quinary usually 3 (diam c. 60-80). Dactyls uniformly 2-celled, the lower cell long cylindrical, c. 60-70 u in diam., the upper (normally) similar,slightly thinner, and but little shorter, with a very acuminate point. Monoecious, the gametangia produced at all the nodes, but male and female not seen together. Oogonia solitary, c. 500 u long (excl. cor.), 375u broad; coronula, c. 65 u broad, 40 u high, the cells irregular. Oospore light brown golden brown, c. 330 u long, 315 u broad, 225 u thick, showing eight firm low ridges; membrane irregularly and angularly coralloid.reticulate, with about seven meshes between the ridges. Antheridium c. 350 u in diam. The most remarkable and distinct species in the collection, the whorls large and spreading, as much as 6-7 cm. across, the sterile and fertile similar, the whole of the younger part of the plant enveloped in a dense cloud of mucus.

Type information
Ambohidratrimo, Madagascar Holotype: Mr. Thomas Bates Blow; Feb. 28, 1924; BM (

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Key references
Raam, J.C van (2010). R.D. Wood's "Synopsis of the Characeae" adapted and modified. CD, privately distributed by the author in anticipation of publication..

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