Common Stonewort - Chara vulgaris


    This is a green alga species. It is multicellular and superficially resembles land plants because of stem-like and leaf-like structures.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Mainly a freshwater species but has also been found in slightly brackish water. The species is found in a large spectre of habitats, ponds, puddles, ditches, rivers, littoral pools and periodical waters. Very few finds are from lakes. It is found both in soft and alkaline water and it grows down to 1 metre.

    When to see it

    Summer is the best time to see this species.

    Life History

    Both annual and perennial forms occur. Plants surviving the winter will often give rise to new shoots the next year.

    UK Status

    It seems to be widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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