Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck 1890

Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck

Current name: Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck
Authentic Strain SAG 211-11b; Culture Material from Beijerinck 1889; Pond, Delft, NL; 1000x, DIC. 19 Mar 2019 - 19 March 2019. Maike Lorenz, SAG (

Publication Details
Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck 1890: 758, pl. VII [7]: fig. 2 a-d

Published in: Beijerinck, M.W. (1890). Culturversuche mit Zoochlorellen, Lichenengonidien und anderen niederen Algen. Botanische Zeitung 47: 725-739, 741-754, 757-768, 781-785.

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Publication date: 1890

Type Species
This is the type species (lectotype) of the genus Chlorella.

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

Type Information
Type locality: "Am 10. April 1889 hemerkte ich, dass das Wasser eines seichten Teiches in der Nähe von Delft durch mikroskopische Algen in- tensiv grün gefärbt war." [pool near Delft, The Netherlands]; (Beijerinck 1890: 725/726) Notes: “On April 10, 1889, I noticed that the water of a shallow pond near Delft was colored intensely green by microscopic algae. The green color was almost as strong as that of the grass on the bank; printed letter could no longer be read through a layer of one centimeter. [...] In the autumn of 1888 the pond had been the hearth of a violent putrefaction with strong evolution of gas and the formation of sulphurous iron. [...] At the beginning of June the green color disappeared, so that at the end of this month nothing of it was noticeable. Stored in beakers in the laboratory, the water soon spoiled as a result of the proliferation of reducing organisms, the green cells fell to the ground and were dead after 14 days (1). [...] The green cells were so small that when the water was filtered through double Swedish filter paper, it was almost as green as when it was infused/ poored onto the filter.”

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), common, general, ordinary (Stearn 1973).

General Environment
This is a freshwater species.

Created: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 08 November 2023

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