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Diagnostic features

Branched filamentous chlorophyte with distinctive branching pattern, in which branches arise by the outgrowth of a cell below a crosswall (similar to branch formation in the much larger Cladophora). Cells at branch ends are rounded. Each cell contains a green parietal chloroplast lying along its length.  Forms small tufts often attached to plant surfaces.

Typical habitats

Found in many habitats, in freshwaters and on soils


Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Chlorophyta
Class Trebouxiophyceae
Order Microthamniales
Family Microthamniaceae
Common name Green algae