Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Stoneworts, Charophytes
Photographs: The Burren, Co. Clare

Charophytes (Chara)
Family: Characeae


Stoneworts are submerged aquatic algae and are believed to be the closest relative of green land plants. They are multi-cellular, branched, with whorls of small branchlets at the nodes and frequently encrusted with calcium carbonate deposits.

Chlorophyll-using, found in fresh or brackish water throughout most of Ireland. Approximately 33 different species occur in Britain and Ireland. Identified by Paul Green

Stoneworts, Charophytes

Stoneworts, Charophytes
Stoneworts, Charophytes (Chara)

Please Contact me if you find mistakes. All images are copyright.