Nitellopsis obtusa

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Nitellopsis obtusa
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N. obtusa
Binomial name
Nitellopsis obtusa
(N.A. Desvaux) J. Groves

Nitellopsis obtusa is a large freshwater alga. It is also known by the common name starry stonewort.[1]

Description[edit]

This alga grows to a length of over 1.5 m is bright translucent green and has branches growing in whorls from the main axis the plants easily break up. It is easily distinguished from other charophytes by star-shaped bulbils which permit vegetative reproduction.[1]

Habitat[edit]

This alga grows in freshwater to a depth of over 4 m.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Nitellopsis obtusa is widely dispersed in Europe and Asia, it has invaded the Laurentian Great Lakes.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Minchin, D., Boelens, R. and Roden, C. 2017. The first record of Nitellopsis obtusa (N.A.Desvaux) J.Groves (Charophycese, Characeae) in Ireland (H9, H10) Irish Naturalists' Journal 35:(2):105 - 109