Irish wildflowers

Stoneworts, Charophytes

Family: Characeae

Stoneworts are submerged aquatic algae and are believed to be the closest relative of green land plants. They are multi-cellular and frequently encrusted with calcium carbonate deposits. Branched, with whorls of small branchlets at nodes.
Chlorophyll-using, found in fresh or brackish water. Approximately 33 different species occur in Britain and Ireland. Identified by Paul Green

Stoneworts, Charophytes       Stoneworts, Charophytes

Stonewort. The Burren, Co.Clare. July 2008

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