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

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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


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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