An On-line Version of an Aquatic Plant Identification Manual for Washington's Freshwater Plants

Plant-like Algae 


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Plant-like algae lack stems and leaves, although sometimes they have structures that can be mistaken for stems and leaves. Plant-like algae are green with cylindrical, whorled branches. They lack roots, but some species attach to the sediment. Plant-like algae tend to lie on or just above the sediments. They are found from shallow water to very deep areas (20-30 meters) in clear water. 

Each plant-like algae species listed below is linked to a written description which is in turn linked to photographs and line drawings.  >
Chara spp. - Muskgrasses
Nitella sp. - Nitella

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