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Muskgrass

Scientific Name: Chara spp.
 
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Thin, rough leaves or “branchlets” whorled around stem; usually in whorls of at least 6 branchlets.  Each branchlet has whorls of spiny bracts at each node.  These bracts can be barely noticeable in some species or be nearly a centimeter long and appearing like secondary branchlets in others.
Musty or “garlicy” odor.
Often found in alkaline waters.
Forms thick, underwater mats that seldom reach the surface. Often appears like rolling meadows underwater.

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Chara taken by Graves Lovell

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Chara spp. taken by Graves Lovell




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