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Diagnostic features

Filamentous chlorophyte, usually unbranched but may be sparsely branched (cf. its close relative Cladophora, which is many-branched). Cells are large, long and cylindrical, each with a single, netlike green chloroplast with several pyrenoids.

Typical habitats

Common in unshaded stony streams and rivers during summer low flows


Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Chlorophyta
Class Ulvophyceae
Order Cladophorales
Family Cladophoraceae
Common name Green algae